June 24th, 2008

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107 comments to Coffee Talk Tuesday

  • Mary L.

    Re:Vaccines… We vaccinated our 1st, until he had a reaction at(18 mo.) We opted, after research/prayer not to vaccinate our other children.

    Dr. William Sears has an excellent website (http://www.askdrsears.com), addressing many parent concerns and the newest findings/research. He has a recommended vaccine schedule that differs from the CDC one, taking advantage of certain vaccines that are mercury-free, for example. He has a very cheap book also available, that is excellent. His website also has parent-feedback and question/answer type dialog weekly on this subject. He is also very pro-family(has 8 children) ,which I think is a plus.
    God bless.

  • Vaccinations.

    Just b/c you got all yours on time doesn’t mean your kids should. The ingredients have changed in some over the years; they now make many combination vaccinations as well.

    I highly suggest reading “What your doctor May not tell you about Vaccinations”. HIghly informative written by a dr. She goes through each vaccination in the order they are usually administered, gives history, ingredients (including things some kids are allergic to), common reactions, and reactions to be concerned about.

    I like it b/c it isn’t an “all or none” type of book, but to consider your own family history and act accordingly. (For example, if you have a family history or being allergic to yeast, a common ingredient in many vaccs, you should talk to your dr about using a non-yeast based vacc for your child.)

    Hope this helps!

  • Michelle in MO



  • Donna L.

    Chicken pox vaccine:

    There has not been enough research or years in use to convince me that giving my children ANOTHER SHOT was a good idea for chicken pox. Beside the fact that many children I know got the pox after the shot didn’t fill me with any more confidence. I also learned that the body could fight off more serious disease (s) after having the anti-bodies from fighting off chicken pox.

    We had the chicken pox last summer for about 7 weeks total, and while long and not very comfortable during the chicken pox we made it through and I was so relieved my children had the real thing…..

    I know mine is not a popular opinion, but I thoroughly researched both sides and this is what worked best for our family.

    I do have the other time-tested vaccinations, but no mercury-based, or new ones until “they” really know what is going on. Additionally, we spread them out and do not do most of the combination vaccines because that is the source for more reactions.

    God bless all of those trying to do the best they can.

  • Anon22

    This is for the lady with the daughter with PDD and the menses

    I have not been diagnosed PDD (my husband has), but I am very sensitive about textures and fabrics and substances on my skin. A couple of things you could try for her that might help:

    1) I never used pads. Ever. Hated the way they felt. She could try OB tampons, they come in a very small size perfect for a young girl. The applicator tampons irritate my skin and they are too long for my insides. (Ok, that last part is kinda funny, but it’s true and very uncomfortable!)

    2) If your daughter is prone to curiosity about nature and animals, or logical or process-minded, try a very scientific explanation (you may have already) with pictures.

    My mom used the World Book – the old ones that had the colored picture overlays – to point out and show me step-by-step what was happening and why. Even about hormones, and why I got moody, etc. and the fact that now this meant that I could conceive children and why this was important to know (from a scientific standpoint).

    Very scientific and logical, and without any emotion. Most folks with PDD are very literal and will appreciate this approach.

    3) Don’t make a big deal about it – downplay the emotional significance of the event. Just let nature take it’s course.

  • Anonymous

    We vaxxed all of our children. They are all fine. I was not vaxxed as a child and had rubella as an adult. It was not pretty. I was fortunate that I was not pregnant, although I was working and exposed myself (before I knew that I had German measles) to some women in the office who were pregnant. This caused all sorts of office drama, but in the end everyone was fine.

    I have mixed feelings about the whole issue. My mom was very against vaccinations when we were children, and we were able to get through school with a religious exemption, but I don’t really think it was worth it. Anyone who has had rubella as an adult, or chicken pox for that matter, will tell you how terrible it was, and it truly was.

  • Anonymous

    I also vaccinated all of my children; I am good friends with my pediatrician and I did with mine exactly what she did with hers, so I got the benefit of all of her medical background and research that she used with her own children.

    One thing I will add: it is getting more and more difficult to not vaccinate your children, especially as they get older and especially if you plan to use any community services; not only school but camps, volunteer work for teens, after-school and summer jobs, and even college. (And as one who has her first child accepted into college, I can’t emphasize enough how much jobs and volunteer work matter to colleges these days!)

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