Any other moms whose kids have such a horrible reaction to the immunizations?
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Elfrieda - posted on 08/18/2012
My little sister has a rare condition called Mastocytosis (basically, under the age of 7 she was allergic and would break out in blisters to every chemical: soap, fabric softener, perfume, air freshener, regular laundry detergent, shampoo, whatever they spray on new clothes, etc.) She also reacted badly to the immunizations. (high fever, the inevitable blisters, and then changed personality for a few months after each shot) That was 27 years ago, but the dr wasn't receptive to the idea that she might be allergic to the shots. My mother disagreed. It pretty much came down to me being scared my mother would murder anyone who came near her baby with a needle, lol!
My sister didn't get any shots after age 1 or 2, I forget exactly, and there were small kerfuffles with various schools about it sometimes. My parents would get threatening letters talking about not letting her attend until she was up to date, and they would respond by carefully photocopying a letter from a lawyer that they commissioned on receiving the first letter, and sending it back in response and ignoring the schools, who never did do anything about it.
It hasn't harmed her. She has had to get shots twice since then due to travel visa requirements that just couldn't be gotten around. Once was when she was 6 and we all needed the Red Measles vaccine to live for a year in Switzerland. Once when she was in university and wanted to study a year in France she also needed a vaccine to be admitted. Each time she or my mom planned ahead and got it a few months before leaving so that she would be healthy by the time it was time to go. For the last shot, she was 20 years old and still had a reaction. It's nothing overt, but she got the shot in April, came to live at home with my parents, and complained of dizziness, stomachaches, and basically slept 15 hours a day until late August, when she felt better and left for France. And she's not a lazy person, she has always had about 2 or 3 jobs on the go since age 12, so it wasn't just slacking off.
I guess that long story is to say, just do what you need to do to protect your child. If the dr is convinced that herd immunity is more important than your child's health, he is your enemy. I felt very safe knowing that my mom had my sister's back all through childhood, because I knew she'd protect me, too, if I needed it. (btw, I have all my shots, it's just my sister who doesn't.)
Deanna - posted on 08/18/2012
My son is my 6th baby. All my other kids had the typical soreness at the injection site, slight fever if any but pretty much that was it. But having said the other five kids did not have the allergies that the baby of the bunch has. He is 3 1/2 yrs old & has had ongoing allergies to: cats, gluten, soy, peanuts, soaps, detergents, wheat and we are still discovering skin irritations we haven't nailed down yet.
When had his immunizations (and he is not up to date on them) he became very agitated, cried for days almost non stop, feverish and his personality changed. When I confronted the doctors I was told that some kids react this way & basically "suck it up" The confidence I once had in these shots, I no longer feel. I am nearly certain that the shots contain something that he is reacting to but I cannot get a straight answer & apparently there are no alternatives for kids with allergies
Amber - posted on 08/18/2012
My son had a slight reaction to his T DAP. It started with a red circle at the injection sight, which grew overnight to the size of a grapefruit. His thigh ended up swelling pretty bad and was beet red It was also warm to touch. I freaked out and called his Ped who explained to me this was common. I am hesitant on vaccines as it is and now I am even more freaked out.
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