Too Many Vaccines for Babies?Alison Wood |16, February 2013
Newborn infants are built with an amazingly potent immune system. Add breastfeeding into the picture, and you have a naturally aggressive, germ-fighting body. But are these tiny systems able to stand up against chemically-engineered vaccinations?
At two months of age, the typical, healthy infant may be scheduled to receive the following immunizations:
- Hepatitis B
- DtaP(diphtheria, Tetanus,pertussis)
- Hib(t Haemophilus influenza type b.)
Yes, doctors have studied the human body longer than the average, medically-impaired parent. However, the doctor does not possess a parental love or a strong concern about the well-being of the child in comparison with the parents. He may not even know the ingredients utilized in the vaccines administered to infants. He is only doing his job and following what his superiors tell him. There are some doctors, however, that do take the time and explain thoroughly the advantages and disadvantages of numerous vaccines being given to a tiny infant.
It is important for you as the parent to be educated on this matter. The well-being of your child should be the utmost of your concern. As a whole, immunizations have played a huge role in lowering the death tolls of many diseases. However, should young infants be given these vaccines in such a hurried, grouped together fashion?
Here is a short summary of a few of diseases and viruses your infant is recommended to be vaccinated against at two months of age.
A stomach virus that includes vomiting and diarrhea. Infants and children can become dehydrated quickly, but with sufficient hydration and rest, the outcome is typically postive. At times, a young child may be hospitalized in order to receive fluids intravenously and anti-diarrheal medicine.
Swelling of the liver due to an infection caused by the Hepatitis B Virus. This illness is only passed by bodily fluids. A baby is at risk if his mother has been infected with Hepatitis B. She too, can only become infected through bodily fluids or blood transfusions.
An infectious disease that commonly affects the nose and throat. It can cause breathing difficulty and other severe problems. It is highly contagious.
An infection of the nervous system that become deadly if untreated.
A highly contagious bacterial disease that causes violent coughing that sounds like "whoops."
An infectious disease that enters through the mouth and ends up int the nervous system. Children under the age of five are at the highest risk for this disease.
While it is good to be informed about what the diseases actually are and what are contained in the vaccines, the most sobering question is how will it effect your individual baby. Allergic reactions are unlikely for most, but still, some infants experience them. Mild reactions and severe ones alike.
There is no way to know what allergies your little one has in his genetic make-up. Those allergies will become apparent as time passes. But, as with any medications or foods, new substances need to be given to infants in distinct time slots so the offending allergy can be noted. When an infant has an allergic reaction to a vaccine that is grouped with many others, all in one day, how are the doctors going to decipher what immunization caused the reaction? How can they begin to effectively treat the allergic reaction?
When considering letting your infant receive multiple immunizations, ask yourself and the doctor these questions first:
- Is the disease or virus common?
- Is the illness or disease serious?
- Is it treatable?
- When is the vaccine given?
- How is the vaccine made?
- What ingredients are in the final solution?
- Are any of these ingredients controversial?
- What are the side effects?
- Should you give your baby this vaccine?
- Can you schedule to have the immunizations given separately?
The majority of information available on the subject of vaccinations are bias in one direction or another. However, one doctor that is on the board of American Pediatrics and also practices alternative medicine, has written one of the most unbiased books on the market. In this book he covers the above questions in a quick summary fashion. He offers you an honest description of each immunization, weighs the pros and cons about the vaccination and lastly, gives his opinion on whether your child should receive the vaccination. However, he reiterates that it should ultimately be the parent's decision. He also offers an alternate schedule for immunizing infants that spreads out the amount of injections given to a baby at a certain given time.
Dr. Bob Sears , MD, is a father of three, is board certified in Pediatrics, obtained a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and practiced at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. You can find his informative book on vaccinations here:Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers. Visit her blog at pintsizedtreasures.com
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