Next up at the doctor’s office yesterday……….. vaccines.
The pediatrician didn’t even bring them up even though you’re supposed to receive some shots at the 4 month visit. So I thought that was pretty cool–he was respecting our wishes to not have any. But I brought it up. I know what it’s like to not have a doctor on your side and I wanted to be absolutely sure their office was going to be OK with us not vaccinating (or delaying). I didn’t want to run into issues or attitudes every time we came with Ryan.
I said: “Ryan hasn’t received any vaccines yet and we don’t plan on giving any.. at least not anytime soon. Is that ok with everyone here?”
He shrugged and said “Yea, that’s ok. That’s fine. Wait…. not even DTaP?” (I said no.) So he went on to explain….
DTaP is important for the Pertussis part of it (whooping cough) because adults are often carriers and don’t know it and it causes babies to end up in the ICU. He does NOT think vaccines are related to autism because we still see autism in children who are not vaccinated. And the reason for the increased autism rates?? If your child has developmental issues, you can’t receive help (from the government) unless it’s labeled as autism. So children may be diagnosed with autism, but not really be autistic.
Ok, that part makes sense to me. But… the Pertussis vaccine is still notorious for causing reactions such as the “crying baby syndrome” from swelling of the brain. My doctor’s response: we don’t see that happen very often.
He also said there were more issues when the DTaP vaccine was DTP (without the “a”) because it had some 360 antigens, causing the baby’s body to need to produce 360 antibodies (overload)! Whereas the new DTaP has only 60 or something.
Steve and I had decided to take this vaccine thing one visit at a time… researching the vaccines as the time came. We had decided that Ryan didn’t need any right now and that as it was time for new vaccines, we’d decide about those then. And maybe get the tetanus vaccine when he was running around, playing outside–but not as a 2 month old (or 4 month old). I asked if we could get the DTaP as separate vaccines, if the Pertussis is the important one… then get the Tetanus later maybe. He said no–we had to get it as a combo shot…….. anyone know if that’s true????
But now? We’re completely confused. Do we get the DTaP or not? Or maybe we should get it, but not until later. Like at 1 year of age? Arrrrgggggg. This is by far the most difficult decision we’ve had to make as parents.I truly believe this decision will be different for every family, for every child, for each vaccine. There is no right or wrong. But deciding what the ‘right” is for your family….. is very difficult.
Whooping cough is bad. It would be terrible if Ryan got it. But side effects from DTaP can also be bad… besides immediate reactions, it can even cause problems that you don’t even see until later in life (developmental delays, irritability, ear infections, ADD, etc.)
Suggestions? Facts? Tips? I’d love to hear from all sides… those vaccinating, those delaying, those choosing certain vaccines, and those not vaccinating at all.