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Surgery for unvaxed ds

post #1 of 10
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My ds was born with a minor birth defect which requires surgery to correct it. He is 13 months now. Surgery will not happen before he's 2, but may be able to be held off until he is 4-5. The consultant will decide that.

It will involve at least one over-night stay in the hospital, if not more. The hospital is a central hospital for children, so all sick children end up here, including the ones with severe cases of infectious diseases.

I have no problem with him contracting regular diseases. I had mumps, measles, rubella and chicken pox myself. But I am worried that he could be exposed to particularly nasty strains of regular illnesses (otherwise the kids woudn't be hospitalised, right?). We live very rural, so except for this necessary surgery, he would normally be at a very low risk of exposure.

Have any of you been through this? I won't be meeting the consultant for another 4 months or so. I expect him to be very pro-vax and dread having to fight that battle. My GP is very supportive though.

Any thoughts or stories welcome

xx
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by themammy View Post
But I am worried that he could be exposed to particularly nasty strains of regular illnesses (otherwise the kids woudn't be hospitalised, right?).
Just what diseases might these be that you are concerned about? Generally, children hospitalized with infectious diseases would be in isolation. The chance of your child picking one up after a night's stay in the hospital would be pretty slim to say the least. There is no vaccination for the superbug types of infections and the best defense for those is a strong immune system and a healthy body that isn't battling heavy metal toxicity.
post #3 of 10
Also, at least at the children's hospitals I've worked in, post-op children and sick children stay on different units altogether. So his exposure to their germs would be extremely minimal, and he'd likely have neighbors that were in for other sorts of surgical procedures, rather than ones with bad cases of RSV or what-have-you.
post #4 of 10
What are you thinking to try avoid this and worry less? Vax him? Like the pp said, most infectious kids will be isolated and I doubt there will be anything highly "deadly" there anyways.
post #5 of 10
If it were me I would be worried more about MRSA, E-coli, etc. that are commonly picked up in hospitals.
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If it were me I would be worried more about MRSA, E-coli, etc. that are commonly picked up in hospitals.
: MRSA and c-diff are probably the most likely things to be exposed to.
post #7 of 10
My dd had open-heart surgery last summer when she was 15 mnths old. We don't vax at all, but I was fully prepared to hear that something might be required, and I think under certain circumstances it might be warranted to need a vax or two. To my surprise the cardiologist and surgeon said absolutely not, nothing required, that it was strictly an issue between us and the pediatrician (who is on board with us not vaxing). Not another question asked, but there was a comment that it might not be a good idea to do any right before the surgery due to a weakened immune system that could comprise her recovery. She needed about three bags of blood too and still no concern.
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My dd had open-heart surgery last summer when she was 15 mnths old......."...." but there was a comment that it might not be a good idea to do any right before the surgery due to a weakened immune system that could comprise her recovery. She needed about three bags of blood too and still no concern.
Smart docs!!!!(I hope your lo is doing okay...)

OP-I'm sorry about your lo.I agree with the pps. Also, remember, you are giving your lo the best immunity by bfing.

I haven't been there myself,but a friend of my sis's has. Her lo is fine. She admits she was a total mama bear-even posting a large sign on the hospital door,that read something like...."All must wash hands thoroughly,and keep hands off patient,unless absolutely neccessary..."

What a good thing to have your GP on board with you re vaxes!

: for your babe!
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses.

In relation to the diseases that I would be worried about: I would be concerned about MRSA, but also particularly agressive forms of measles (there was an outbreak in Dublin in 2001, where a large number of children were hospitalised - in this hospital - & three of them died).

I expect that infectious children will be kept separate from the surgical children. I don't know about the US, but here in Ireland, there are huge problems with the spread of infections because of a basic lack of hygiene in hospitals, i.e. staff washing hands between patients, etc.

So I suppose I will become that mama bear and be my son's advocate. And take some comfort in the fact that BFing is giving him my measles immunity.

MaryLang - hope your dd is doing well.
post #10 of 10
There is no vaccine for MRSA anyway. Measles vaccine won't give him immunity for that. In the case of bacterial infections, he can be treated with antibiotics. Hepatitis B or meningitis would be my only vaccine preventable concerns. I think it's just your call on that.
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