Saturday, October 8, 2011

24th Percentile

Scarlett had her 4 month doctors visit yesterday.

I am always nervous when we go into the clinic because I have elected not to give Scarlett her shots yet (possibly never).  This is such a touchy subject for moms and so far I am not sure that the risk of the actual illness is worth the risk of the side effects.  I have no idea what to do.  My mom told me that when I got my shots as a 4 year old she noticed that my behavior changed drastically.  My best friend had her daughter in the hospital 3 times in a month with a high fever after her 1 year shots.  I get so nervous because Scarlett is SO SMALL.  She is in the 24th% for her weight and height.  My doctor is wonderful and I love her but she is very pushy about getting her vaccinated.  Yesterday she tried to bribe me into getting her vaccinated by promising to pierce her ears after her first set of shots.  IDK what to do.

In my confused and terrified state, I have decided to read 2 books....

 I hope this can help me understand what the best decision is for my baby.  All I want is the best for her for the rest of her life.  I don't want her to get sick from lack of vaccines or because of the vaccines.  SCARY!


  1. I am in the same boat as you!!! I had his 2 month shots but never went back cause I got so freaked out. The paper I went home with said it was "normal" if little balls developed on his thighs under his skin where the shots were given...and that it could take up to 2 years to go away...THAT'S NOT NORMAL!!! I *think* I've decided to wait until he's 2 years old to give him some selected vaccinations. I read Dr. Sears' book but it still left me wondering what to do. I really liked this article: I just wish there was no gray area on this subject and you could just know one way or the other, but it's sooooo confusing. My worry is that he'll get pertussis. But then I also know that breastfed babies get immunity from their moms and are much more protected.

    See, I'm going in circles. *Sigh*, girl I feel you...

  2. My two cents..

    Did you know there are some children out there that have preexisting conditions.. immune type diseases that make it so they can't get immunizations.. If they got the shot they would die.. If they caught something an immunization would have worked against, they would have died.

    Sometimes protecting your child also protects another child.

    Also.. The chances of having these type of reactions are so low and so rare. A lot of the hype about immunizations is just that, hype.

    Better safe than sorry.. Plus if we think along the lines of what ifs, then we wouldn't leave the house in fear of getting hit by a car.

    Immunizations are around for a reason. So many of us have grown up on them and we have been well protected.

    Oh and there is always gray area when it comes to medical research.

    I rather take the smaller chance of the what if she gets sick from them then the larger what if if she get sicks without them. :(

    Just my two cents ;)

    Hope you don't mind,

    P.S. I respect your wanting to do research!!