Having a baby is a blessing whether planned or not, but there is one thing that I really dislike my babies having after they’re born – their immunisations!
Not because I disagree with them, but because of inflicting pain upon them. They are important for their health and well-being but I feel terribly guilty when I have to hold my little baba’s in my arms and listen to them scream as tears trickle from their eyes. Despite having done it four times now, I still break down every time.
Kiiara has not long had her 8 week injections and I’m already not looking forward to her next lot. She was okay after her jabs with the help of Calpol. She didn’t want to be put down though. Could have been something to do with her sore legs, but she wasn’t her usual self.
It’s not a nice thing having immunisations. It took Kiiara at least 2 days to recover fully (clingy doesn’t cover it).
Even though I permitted to have most of the injections, I was reluctant for her to have the Rota Virus vaccine (which is to prevent sickness and diarrhoea) – I had my reasons.
When Aurora had her immunisations, including the Rota Virus vaccine, she had an allergic reaction and was screaming constantly, and was profusely dribbling from her mouth.
Nothing would settle her, so we made a decision not to allow our future kids to have it in case it affected them the same way.
This vaccine wasn’t brought into the UK until 2012, so Faith and Wyatt didn’t have it either and they all seem perfectly fine (Okay even I laughed at that, but I was talking about their general health).
New vaccines have been brought in over the past few years such as the whooping cough vaccine. Admittedly I was very weary over this as I didn’t have it with my older two. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to take medication unless completely necessary.
With this in mind I didn’t have the whooping cough vaccine whilst I was pregnant with both Aurora and Kiiara. I know of some people who have had it and have been perfectly fine. I’m just stuck in my ways and are very cautious.
Bashing The Anti-Vaccinators
I’ve seen on Facebook just recently a little boy had a bad reaction to having his immunisations and is now subject to seizures because of them. Whether they were the cause or not, I honestly think the parents have the right to decide whether they get their children vaccinated or not.
There is a lot of anti-vaccinators who get abuse from not allowing their children to have them done, but from my point-of-view they have their own beliefs/ reasons and concerns why they don’t want their children having them in the first place, it doesn’t make them bad parents.
I make sure I get them done, but in my opinion parents know best when it comes to their own children, so it shouldn’t be forced upon them if they refuse.
There has been some conflicting research on immunisations – some connecting it to Autism in children. I don’t think this will ever be proven. I believe some children react differently to immunisations than others, and perhaps may possibly be a cause or a contributor in some way.
In my experience I haven’t had any problems consenting the girls to have them, other than sore legs and plenty of crying. As you may have read on one of my older posts, Wyatt has learning difficulties (you can read that post here).
I am almost certain that has something to do with genetics (from his Dads side) and was simply born with them – nothing to do with the injections.
Differences Between England And Wales
Newborn checks are very different between England and Wales. When I had Aurora back in Wales, within 24 hours of her birth they performed an EON check (which they check baby’s heart, hips, eyes, head & more) to make sure everything had developed properly pre and post birth. If everything is fine, then no more needs to be done.
Whereas in England, they have this check twice – When they are newborn, and again at 6 weeks old. There are other procedures that vary between these countries too, but I won’t go into those today.
Things To Remember For An Immunisation Appointment
If you are anything like me, there is always something that slips from my mind as I am to attend an appointment, so I’ve written a short list of things to take with you just in case.
- Make sure you remember to take the baby (can’t attend the appointment without the baby!)
- Your child’s red book (might be different internationally, but we need this in the UK – I forgot it in my last appointment)
- Calpol (either give beforehand or take with you for baby to ingest after the injections)
- Don’t forget the extra cuddles!
- And tissues for Mummy (I could have used some for the last appointment)
There’s 3 more weeks left until Kiiara is due for her next set of immunisations, which I’m not looking forward to, so I am enjoying the peaceful intermission before she is poked and prodded with needles once again.
No matter your opinion about vaccinating your children, remember that we’re all going through the same thing and we are all doing what we believe is to be the best for our children no matter what!
If you have any experiences with immunisations with your children that you would like to share, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below!
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