Rotavirus

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Mon, 03-30-2009 - 10:53pm

I was at a birthday party over the weekend and some of the moms were going on about the Rotavirus vaccine... and talking about how awful the Rotavirus is and how kids are hospitalized with it. These mothers obviously vaccinated their children against it.

What are the arguments with this disease and it's vaccine? Thank you!







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Registered: 12-14-2000
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 10:42am

Rotavirus is one of the more aggressive gastro bugs.

 

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In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 11:29am

Were your kids vaccinated against this and got it anyway or were not vaccinated and got it?

I think it's a completely unnecessary vaccine. We had the puking, diarrhea stomach bug here about 4 months ago. We were vigilant and aggressive with keeping the kids hydrated and had no complications. It lasted under 24 hours for each of my kids. We don't generally give our kids any kind of medications, otc or prescription. I firmly believe that is the reason they are sick less often and recover much faster than their peers.

You mentioned your son had just been on antibiotics for an ear infection. Gotta say, staying clear of drugs for unnecessary reasons absolutely helps the immune system be better equipped to fight off an infection. Giving medications for things like fever, allergies, colds, ear infections and other minor things is only prolonging instances of getting sick and making the immune system less able to fight things on it's own. Side note, there are wonderful homeopathic ear drops (as well as other products) that help with pain and discomfort without interfering with the bodies own immune system. I have a friend who's dd was being taken to the doctor a couple of times a month and getting antibiotics for repeat ear infections. I told her about the ear drops we had used and she gave them a try. The drops cleared it up faster than the drugs and she hasn't had an ear problem since.

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Registered: 08-21-2003
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 11:43am

Yeah, mullein & garlic drops! They work wonders on ear infections... have used them on my youngest daughter. Fabulous. Your child smells like garlic... lol... but they're cheap and you can buy them at your local health food store.

As for the vaccine... I just let them talk about it and rant on about the virus. I think my oldest had it when she was about five months old. She ended up being admitted to Children's hospital here for fluids for a few days, but was otherwise fine. I think vaccines for these types of things (well, all vaccines, really, but especially these) are unnecessary.

The moms were asking if I had my kids vaccinated for it, I said "no" and they all looked kind of surprised.







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Registered: 03-25-2004
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 12:24pm

We didn't vaccinate the twins for this and now that they're almost 3, I'm not too worried about them getting it.

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Registered: 12-14-2000
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 12:36pm

No....None of my kids had been vaccinated.

 

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Registered: 12-14-2005
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 1:24pm

"I'd rather hospitalize them for a day or two for IV fluids rather than have them suffer any possible effects from a vaccine. I think it boils down to that fact that most people don't want to be inconvenienced with an illness that lasts more than a couple days (and some possible IV fluids) and would rather have their kid jabbed to prevent it. As for me, I like letting my body (and my kids) take care of things on it's own when at all possible."

My DD (at 9 months old) had rotovirus and spent a day in the hospital on IV being rehydrated as a result. She also developed pnuemonia as the result of her immune system being low from it. She was nine months old at the time.

If you asked me now that a vaccine is available, it was not at that time, my answer would still would be no to the vaccination, it's too new and the previous version of the vaccine was pulled from the market.

Your own personal risk aversion comes into play here. Vaccination is a personal decision.









Edited 3/31/2009 1:25 pm ET by cl-tashlb
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In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 3:27pm

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Good point.

 

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Registered: 12-14-2005
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 3:34pm

My Kiera ;) Just got over pneumonia. She had the flu, three days later pneumonia when we went back to the Dr on Monday. She did not eat for 7 days and lost 7 pounds - a pound a day. Couldn't move - we had to lift her everywhere and help her drink and eat.

So at almost 45" tall she dropped to 36 pounds. It was scary.

This is an example, as you mentioned in a PP, where antibiotics were useful, they most definitely have their place and time.

BTW she's all back to normal now and fine :) Kicked it well and is on probiotics to get her gut flora back to normal.






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Registered: 09-09-2007
In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 5:04pm
ITA! with everything you said!
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In reply to: chickeydoodle08
Tue, 03-31-2009 - 5:10pm
I never said "all" medication is unnecessary. I think ear infections is one of the number one overmedicated for no reason infections there is. I think that as long as we aren't talking about a child with an autoimmune disease or disorder or some other immune deficiency then there would rarely be a reason to give a child antibiotics for an ear infection. There are actually many doctors (the real vax giving kind) that are changing their way of thinking on treating ear infections with antibiotics. Antibiotics do not treat viruses nor do they get rid of the fluid in an ear. They also do not generally do anything to relieve pain. So, I would think that any parent willing to give a child antibiotics is also probably doping them up with otc pain meds. I'm merely suggesting that there are far better, faster and healthier homeopathic ways to treat ear infections. (not to mention most other illnesses as well)
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