Maybe it’s a little late for me to reconsider getting these immunisations for my baby girl, but I’ve been thinking about this ‘injecting your child with germs’ topic. I’m still a 100% pro immunisation, but it does break my heart everytime we go and that little smile turns into an upside down smile. The total disbelief on her face. The ‘You just gave me an injection that hurts really bad, like, why?’ face. So here’s why.
According to the South African Department of Health and The World Health Organization between two and three million deaths are prevented globally each year by effective immunisation. Vaccines protect your child againts diseases like measels, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, diptheria and tuberculosis. These are your major life threating diseases. Your child is still susceptible to getting chickenpox, mumps, german measels and other child diseases, especially once your child starts interacting with other children at playgrounds and schools, seeing that the above mentioned diseases are contagious but also can be easily treated. Tuberculosis and whooping cough however are harder to treat and could cause death.
So, I would say that getting these injections are very important. Even if you might later sit with a little one at home whom is very much restless and unhappy.
When Baby Girl got her first injection in the arm at the hospital, all was good. She was four days old and received her shot against TB and her polio drops. Then came the six weeks check up and three injections! Oh my heart. She cried and the nurse advised that I should breastfeed her after the shots just to calm her down and it worked, but the rest of the day, I sat with a very unhappy baby. She had a slight fever and was crying and crying. I tried little bit of Panado syrup (half the dosage) and also was given Homopathic medicine, Viburcol (if you into all things natural, try it! It contains calming herbs like Camomile and Belladonna) and eventually she fell asleep. They do advise though not to give any medicine directly after receiving vaccines but rather wait for up to six hours. (which means you’ll have to endure more crying). A few days ago we had to go for her ten weeks shot. Luckily only one injection, that does not burn. (so the nurse says…) She cried for a while and then later the afternoon, same story as what happened four weeks earlier. Slight fever, restlessness and lots of crying. All you have to do as a parent is stay calm and give lots of hugs and kisses in between the tears. So now the next visit is in four weeks time, another three injections 😦
These injections are terrible. For a little baby to have all this discomfort, must be awful. It got me and the nurse talking. It’s seems that some researchers feel the same and have started to look into different approaches. She told me about this idea of inventing a needle that you can not feel. We as humans do not usually feel a mosquito sting us and that’s because their ‘needle’ is not straight but curved. So now researchers might create (if it works) a small needle that is curved for using during immunisations. Or here’s my idea, what about not using any needles at all and just invent a plaster with the germ that you stick on your arm or leg and is then absorb directly through your skin. That would be great! It would safe us mothers lots of tears and upside down smiles.