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#1 of 8 Old 05-29-2009, 09:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a thriving, happy, un-vaxed little girl who quit nursing at 2.5. This kid gets a LOT of colds, though. Even while she was still nursing, over the winter she'd have at least one spell where she'd get 2 or 3 colds back-to-back, or maybe it was just one long cold that took forever to go away. Mostly, it's the stuffiness that lingers for her, after the runny nose and cough finally goes away. She's only had an ear infection once in her life, as a baby. So, it's nothing serious, just annoyingly recurrent. I don't think she has allergies, really. It doesn't necessarily coincide with pollen season, although it does get better in the warmer months. She's not in preschool yet, although she does have several group activities during the week with other kids her age (soccer, play group, yoga, dance, etc.).

So....is this about normal? I had immune-system issues as a kid, although mine started after I quit nursing at 8 months (nursing strike, probably, but my mom had no way of knowing that back then) and my mom started giving me cow milk. So I'm paranoid about this stuff.

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Is the stuffiness mostly during the winter, when the house is closed up? It could be mold or dust allergies, if that's the case. There are other "non-pollen" sources of allergies.

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I was going to say allergies, too. People can be allergic to some indoor things that are a nuisance all year round.

It is miserable to have allergies and just have to deal with the runny nose, congestion, lung crud, etc. on a nearly everyday basis.

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The only reason I think it's colds rather than allergies is that she always has a cough and/or sore throat with it. I was under the impression you don't usually get that with allergies.

Indoor allergens are absolutely a possibility though. I am a terrible housekeeper. No, seriously. I suck. And I don't have the money to hire a maid, so I do the best I can. But there's dust. I don't think there's mold, but I wouldn't know if it was in the walls or whatever. The area we live in is very mold-friendly.

Should I have her tested? We've been thinking about starting vaccines soon but I want to make sure her immune system is functioning well before I introduce that. If she does have allergies....I don't know, maybe I should re-think the vaccines (again).

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We've been thinking about starting vaccines soon ....
Why?

If you start to inject things into her immune system then watch her get allergies. There are a few that are used to cause allergies in test animals. DTaP for one.
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There are a few that are used to cause allergies in test animals. DTaP for one.

Can you point me to any info on this?

I have a friend who is considering DTaP for her un-vaxed son because of a recent pertussis scare. This little boy already is gluten-intolerant.

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Why?

If you start to inject things into her immune system then watch her get allergies. There are a few that are used to cause allergies in test animals. DTaP for one.
Yes, that's exactly what I'm concerned about. I'd be interested in more info. about this, too, if you know of any links or sources....thanks!

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My son gets (got? I think it's getting better) lots of colds, and for some reason it was Oct-Jan, I don't think I fully understand the reason(s) for the seasonality of it, but for us I think the biggest factors are nutrient-related. Zinc and vitamin D are big for us, vitamin A is also involved. I have the same deficiencies as my kids, looking for patterns and commonalities has helped piece things together.

FWIW, I've read that 8-10 colds by the 2nd birthday is typical, after that the number is supposed to decrease. My son got far, far more than that, but I'm not really sure how much variation around that number is normal.
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