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newborn and vaccines

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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We have a one month old baby girl who is healthy and a joy!

I have several children in my family who have been diagnosed on the spectrum. (nieces and cousins) With all the information out there and input from family members, we would like more clarity on what to do about her vaccines. Soem people to tell us to spread them out because there is some connection between autism and vaccines. When I asked my docotor she said there is no connection, and that her son is on the spectrum and he had his vaccines on the regular schedule. Any advice?

by on Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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ineedcoffeemom
by Brittaney on Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Sadly that's something you just have to decide for your family. Some people think vaccines are tied to autism, others think there is no connection. Because no one really knows what causes autism, nobody has the right answer right now. Personally, I had my daughter get all her vaccines on time, then she had some reactions to her 12 and 15 month vaccines and I decided I didn't want to risk further harm if the vaccines were indeed harming her. So I've decided no more vaccines.

Lots of people think a delayed schedule is best because getting so much into our kids systems at once just makes sense could more likely cause damage than spreading it out and allowing their immune systems to have a chance to process and catch up. You have to make more trips to the doctor's office because you're only getting 1 or maybe 2 at a time, but more trips for shots is better than trips to dozens of specialists for years to come right?

Ultimately it's up to you because right now there is no right answer when it comes to vaccines and autism.

lady_katie
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2013 at 8:21 AM
If you ask 100 different people this question, you will get 100 different answers. Good luck to you though!
indyrunner
by Member on Dec. 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

You have already received good advice.  I will add to it that you have to weight the risks of the her getting the disease that the vacine prevents, while understanding her chances of contracting the disease.  Is she home with you most of the time or in daycare?  Are the people around her the most vaccinated?  

Good luck with your choice.  

Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on Dec. 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I agree with these ladies, there is no exact answer and every parent with or without autistic children will tell you a different perspective.  I will tell you for my 4 children, all had their vaccines on time, and I have 1 with autism.  I would vaccinate again.  But if it was an extremely premature child I would do the more stretched out schedule that would not inject so many different things at one time.  It would just allow their body more time to process the vaccine and in not such a high quantity at one time. 

You're her mom, whatever decision you make will be the right one!!  Just enjoy your baby and don't worry. 

lady-J-Rock
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I did delayed selective vaccinations for all three of my kids. My youngest is autistic.
HopeAlive
by on Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I can hear how much you want the best for your little girl, and I know there's a lot of different ideas out there about this issue. I myself haven't decided exactly what I think, but I did find this website that might give you some good input. Hope it helps! :)

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Dec. 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM

This exactly!

Quoting lady_katie: If you ask 100 different people this question, you will get 100 different answers. Good luck to you though!


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