Vaccines and preemies
hi all, sorry to dive in without getting to know you all better, but life here has been quite crazy as you shall soon read, and I knew this was the place to come for the info I needed. I'm the adoptive mom of a nearly 5-month-old preemie, born roughly 32 weeks gestational age in Liberia. he was a twin, and his sweet brother died in my husband's arms about a month and a half ago while waiting on paperwork. the surviving little guy has been home with us for a little over 2 weeks, and has some health issues that we're in the process of getting to the bottom of. he has all the symptoms his brother had, but significantly less so, and his symptoms have gotten better over time instead of worse, unlike his brother. in a nutshell he's tachycardic, (possibly had a heart murmur that came and went, but now is gone! praise God!), probably lungs underdeveloped, and minor to mild seizure activity that's steadily decreased. they were both malnourished and at or just under 3 pounds when born, but he's nearly at 12 pounds now. he's gone from exclusively bottle-fed while in Liberia to exclusively breastfed here and has been since the day after he got home. SO, all that to say now that we've ruled out major heart, brain and lung abnormalities, my pediatrician is pushing vaccines like nobody's business. we've been with him for 12 years and he's been great about our VERY selective and delayed schedule so far, but is completely pedal to the metal to get the 5-in-1 in, as well as however many more he can. all the reasons he's giving me for wanting to do the vaccines are the same reasons I have for not giving them, but it's been a long time since I've done the research and now I'm severely sleep deprived and emotionally exhausted, trying to come up with all my research to ask questions and possibly contend with the doc. SO. with these more medically frail little ones, do you do any vaccinations? how do you feel about the 5-in-1? I feel like the stakes are raised on so many levels, including what actions he might take if we don't do his plan this time. I want to go in prepared. (so I'm writing this the night before, ha!) thank you for any info and insights you can pass along.