May 26, 2012
Adverse Reaction to DTap Vaccine?
I know that Petite Planet is mostly a lighthearted destination full of green product choices for families, but the reason I created this site was to steer people clear of environmental toxins and harmful chemicals that may harm their babies and children. Which means it is my obligation to write about topics that aren't popular to those who would rather not go against the status quo.
My loyal readers know about my stance on vaccines. Yes, I believe in immunizing, but not at all according to the current schedule in the United States.
Two days ago, I took both Miss O and Mr. A in for their well-child exams, and they each got one DTap and one Polio vaccine. I rarely even give 2 shots at a time, but felt compelled to do so because they're a little behind, and frankly, Miss O will already be lacking some of the immunizations she needs to start school in the fall (Hep B and MMR), and I am sadly feeling the pressure to get "up to date" even though I believe I can fill out a philosophical waiver which exempts her from being fully vaccinated. (Although in California that right may soon be taken from parents).
As I type this, I have a pit on my stomach, because my sweet girl now has a throbbing, red hot and swollen arm from the DTap, and my son has the same problem on his thigh.
I know how lucky I am that this is deemed a "normal" reaction. How it is "normal," I'm not at all sure... but I have called the doctor's office twice and they keep telling me that this is to be expected. Neither of my children have ever had this reaction to the DTap before, however.
It doesn't come across well in these pictures, but you can see Miss O's arm above and below. Heat is literally radiating from it. And Mr. A now has a new word in his vocabulary, "hurt," which he says whenever we try to put a hot or cold compress on his leg to diminish the swelling.
I have of course been online for hours reading other parents' issues with DTap, and how their children have been severely injured and have suffered horrendous ill effects. I am heartbroken for these families.
I am writing this post for 2 reasons:
1) I continue to urge parents to only give their children 1 or at the most 2 vaccines at a time, in order to protect their child's fragile system from the slew of possible side effects inherent in each shot.
2) Given the question mark on this post's title, I am *asking* if any of your children have had a similar reaction to the DTap vaccine, and what happened/what to expect/healing time, etc.
Thanks for joining me.