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#1 of 5 Old 06-16-2014, 11:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Question 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.
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IMHO I would get a new ped fast. IMHO that's too much for that kind of child- w his issues I mean. I'm sure your ped means well but is be scared that would harm the child. If it was me I would be selective and delayed. Very. But that's just me. Good luck!
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Go to the vaccine forum here - there are pro-vaxers, as well as selective, delayed, and non vaxers. Good luck.
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Your son is at a much higher risk of serious illness if he gets sick. This is true for just regular colds, too. One of my preemies got pneumonia and a hospital stay from a cold the rest of us barely noticed. Her underdeveloped lungs can't handle any injury. That's why your Ped is pushing vaccines so much. Can you get in to a NICU clinic? Many neonatologists also see clinic to keep tabs on former preemies, and talking to a specialist may help you. Also, there has been some research that more vaccines given at once actually causes a stronger immunity. Once the troops are called out and get busy making antigens, when they see the other bad guys, since the build up has already begun, are more efficient at making others. It doesn't overwhelm the immune system, it's more like going to the gym and working out. Get your immune system to stretch its legs, do a little work, and keep in shape, but in a way that doesn't put a medically fragile child in danger.

Congrats on your son, how sweet!
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Also, there has been some research that more vaccines given at once actually causes a stronger immunity.
Fascinating. Let's see it.
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