If you're a momma to a preemie....

Tiffany - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Has your preemie had the Synagis Injections (RSV vaccine)? If so, how did they tolerate it? Any major side effects?

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Chelsey - posted on 10/17/2009

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my son just had that shot last week, the nurse said it hurts worse then just a reg. shot, but he was fine no side effects i just massaged the injection site with a warm towel every time i changed his diaper and i did give him a dose of tylenol also

Stephanie - posted on 10/17/2009

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my daughter was 2 months and 1day early she was given the synagis vaccine and had no side effects she tollerated it very well.

Aika - posted on 10/17/2009

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My baby was 2 weeks early, so the doctor did not advised to take the vaccine since her birth weight is quite big. However, she received shots everyday, an anti-bacterial one because I have Urinary Tract infection during pregnancy (though my doctor and I really tried hard to cure it). As of now, i haven't notice any problems. She will be 2 months old this coming 24th.

Iysha - posted on 10/17/2009

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My daughter wasn't even offered it. I did some reading and I can't figure out why. She was born at 35 weeks 4 days so she was born just past the gestation that they give that vaccine. It is advised for babies born under 32 weeks gestation and for babies born between 32 and 35 weeks gestation who have cirtain risk factors like someone smoking at home, a child spending time in day care or that are in a home with multiple childre. My boyfriend smokes...so I think it should have been offered to her before discharge. Maybe becauses she was born in the summer? I read that in the winter and early spring is when they give it before discharge from the NICU or that you can ask for it from the babies pediatrition or for a nurse to administer it at home.



I am going to have my daughter vaccinated because she is at risk because of her father being a smoker. In preemies, RSV can lead to severe sickness, breathing problems and even death. I don't want her to end up back in the hospital for something that could have been prevented. Even if the vaccine doesn't keep her completely out of harms way, at least if she becomes infected with RSV, the symptoms will be milder.

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Crystal - posted on 08/16/2013

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Really consider whether or not the Synagis (RSV) shot is beneficial to your preemie. Some information reports the shot has mice DNA in it... 24 hours after my son (born at 1lb with PH & CLD, Gtube) got the 1st round of the shot, his health deteriorated. It was the day before he was to be discharged home. In two days, my son was back on the ventilator and medically paralyzed due to his discomfort. My son will no longer be receiving the RSV shot.

Alicia - posted on 10/17/2009

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Both my boys were preemies and both got the shot for 2 winter seasons, and did just fine not even a fever, but it was expensive, but my children were in the high risk category for rsv, so it was worth it,

Tiffany - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting Gwendolyn:

My son received synagis injections for two (2) winter season. although he received shots monthly he was fine no major in fact no side effects



Thank you for your response...I had a friend who told me how sick the child got after having the Synagis injections and I was concerned, but most of the responses I've gotten on here have been positive.  Thanks again :)

Dusty - posted on 10/17/2009

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my son was 6 weeks early and the doctors told me that he was/is too big to get the shot... he was 7lbs 8oz! but i have a friend who's baby was 10 weeks early and is 6 months older he got the shot when my son was born because it was the beginning of cold season obviously at that time he was bigger than my son and was allowed to get the shot and mine couldn't because he was "too big"! anyways her son had no complications from the shot. i also asked my insurance about the shot and to see if they would cover the shot and they told me that it costs about $900 per injection and they have to get one every month from nov to april! they didnt want to to cover the shot because he had to be a certain weight at birth and he was larger than that weight i could never get a specific weight as to what he "should have weighed" to get the shot! so, i just kept him in doors and when i went out i wiped down EVERYTHING if something of our was going to touch it and i didnt let ANYONE that i didnt know touch him and if the did i would tell them my disapproval and clean the area they touched! my son hasnt been sick or had an ear infection since he's been born and he is going to be 1 on the 31st! now, dont get me wrong i dont keep a sterile environment i know kids have to get dirty and sick to build up immunities i dont freak out when he drops his cup on the floor i just rinse it and give it back to him. i do the same with his toys when we are out.. he was born on a friday so i started wiping his toys down every friday or after someone came over and played. no offense to the other moms i just didnt want him to get sick or RSV. i hope his has helped you some! good luck and always go with your instinct god blessed you with your baby because he knew you would make decisions!

also i though you might want more info.



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9 years ago my son was 11 weeks early and regularly got the RSV shot, obviously it helped because here he is 9 years later as healthy as can be! He had no side effects, either, in comparison to those whose kids had redness/ swelling. Some babies have reactions and some don't and it also varies with each vaccine as well.

Amber - posted on 10/17/2009

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My baby was almost 12 weeks early, and she got her first Synagis last month (shes due for one in a week) and she did very well with it. Only prob was a bit of fever, and redness at injection site. She only weighed almost 6 pounds. I agree with the other mom, the good out weighs the bad. I was debating on her getting this or not, and im glad i did, the following week after she was exposed to RSV and she didnt get it!

User - posted on 10/17/2009

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I got it for her just because the good out weights the bad and she did run a fever for a few days but a few drops of Tylenol and she was fine ( my daughter was three weeks early)

Mandy - posted on 10/17/2009

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My BF had a preemie and I remember her son getting that vaccine, he didn't have any issues and is a healthy 2 year old. He is already completely caught up in development. If you have any other ?'s about this or anything else please message me and I will get you in contact with her. Hope this helps Mandy

Gwendolyn - posted on 10/17/2009

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My son received synagis injections for two (2) winter season. although he received shots monthly he was fine no major in fact no side effects

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