Originally Posted by PiePie
just put it on my to buy list (very long) pls summarize bc dd's 4 mo appt is next week!!
I'll try to summarize the info for the 4 month vax later today. My favorite part is when Dr. Sears gives his "The Way I See It" at the end of every section. I'll try to summarize those for you. Good luck with the job stuff!
Elizabeth, so sorry you might have thrush again! You poor thing! And the other trials and tribulations you're dealing with while BFing! Hugs!!
Regarding the DTaP vax, in my opinion, it's an important one for when they're little only because of the Pertussis vax that's in it. I could do without the D and T part of the vax, but apparently you can't get JUST the Pertussis vax. And with traveling, there are some you would want to get on schedule. If you want to skim the book when you get it, just read the "The Way I See It" part at the end of every section. That'll give you a good idea regarding how common the disease is, how important it might be to get the vax on schedule, how controversial the vax's ingredients are and how severe any reaction might be.
Natalia, I'd try giving Aidan some powdered probiotics if he's on antibiotics just to prevent oral thrush. You can mix it with some expressed breast milk and make a paste to rub in his mouth.
CJ, I'd bake a sweet potato the same way you bake a regular potato til it's nice and soft.
Dee, sorry for your rough day yesterday.
I hope today is/was better!
Welcome mom of B!
Julia, love that picture of Oliver in the car seat. He sure looks like he knows something's up!
Rachel, my best guess is that the evening fussies/evening colic hit your poor little guy a bit later than most babies get it. I'm sorry you're dealing with that! Fingers crossed it passes soon! And I'm SO sorry for what you guys had to go through with trying to get your son's blood drawn! What a nightmare!
Ok, here's the info on the 4 month vax's from the Vaccine Book:
Recommended 4 month vax:
HIB, Pc, DTaP, Rotavirus, Polio
HIB: bad disease, but rare. Ingredients are ok, side effects are minimal. Since it's so rare, the vax isn't critical, but it's on the "Top 10" list.
Pc: Pc germ is very common, but the disease can either be very mild or more serious. Your kid *will* encounter this germ at some point, & side effects of the vax are rare. Considered a fairly important vax.
DTaP: All 3 diseases are serious, but only Pertussis is common in the U.S. Fatalities of Pertussis do occur. Ingredient list is somewhat concerning, but the amount of chemicals is very small. Considered an important vax.
Rota: very common illness. Hospitalization rates are high, but death rates are low. Vax is new and ingredients are a little "odd" but this is considered a fairly important vax.
Polio: doesn't exist in the U.S. Vaxes are given to keep an outbreak from occurring. Some ingredients are a concern, though amounts of those ingredients are very small. Standard reactions. Considered an important vax from a public health standpoint, but not for your individual child.
And since I'm doing this, and have the time, I'll go ahead and summarize the rest.
Hep B: Risk of getting Hep B is very low. Considered an important vax from a public health standpoint, but not for your individual child.
MMR: Measles is rare, mumps is more common but only serious after childhood. Rubella is not a problem for children, only for pregnant women. Measles vax is a live virus vax, so it may cause a low grade infection. The Autism link was made back in 1998 when 12 Autistic kids were found to have the vaccine-induced strain of measles in their intestines. It was a very small study and no firm link has ever been determined. Side effects can be concerning, but rare. It's generally given at the same time as the Chickenpox vax, which is also a live virus vax, so some parents prefer to give these vax at separate visits to try to lessen the side effects. Considered an important vax from a public health standpoint, and because Rubella can cause birth defects in pregnant woman, it's considered important so an infant does not pass it on to a pregnant woman.
Chickenpox: most parents consider it optional. It's a live virus vax, so child can develop a low grade infection. Chickenpox is not common, but it's usually mild in young children. Can be more serious in older children and adults. Standard reactions. Considered important from a public health standpoint, but otherwise, not a very important vax.
Hep A: disease is very mild in young children. Ingredients are somewhat concerning. Vax has a low risk of seizures as a side effect. Dr. Sears recommends waiting until age 2 to give this vax to reduce chance of a seizure.
Flu: flu is very common. Slightly higher risk of severe complications from the flu occur in young children. Very low risk of death from flu. Some brands of the vax have mercury. This vax contains more chemicals than most. Anti viral meds can be used of baby does get the flu. The shot is a dead virus, but the nasal spray is a live virus, and can cause a low grade infection. Get the shot if you don't want your child to have a tough week from getting the flu, otherwise it's not very important.
Meningococcal: not given until 12 years of age. Can occur in teen years/early 20s, somewhat rare, but has occurred in college dorms, etc. Can be deadly. Reaction concerns include possibililty of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
HPV: Dr. Sears feels the vax is a good idea, though it's very new so long-term safety is unknown.
Some of the main concerns about all vaxs is the ingredients. Many contain aluminum, which can cause toxic effects if too many aluminum-containing vaxs are given at once. There is a good alternative vax schedule in the book that lays out a once a month plan for vaxs so that only one aluminum-containing vax is given at a time.
So, yeah. Go get this book!