the pediatrician hunt...

>> Wednesday, October 14, 2009

... has been frustrating.

Just like I'm hoping to avoid being shot up with too many drugs myself, we'd like to avoid packing lots and lots of shots into our baby all at once.

I'm not being unreasonable radical here regarding vaccinations, but given our family history of allergic reactions - I think it's smart to not load up an infant with so many shots at once that there's no way to tell what caused an allergy. Should there be one, of course. But let's stay on the safe side, shall we?

Annoyingly, Georgia pediatricians don't seem to be very flexible on these kinds of things. I've been interviewing several pediatricians for weeks now, and getting that same glazed response that I feel from my own doctors.

I finally found a midwife office and called to see if they had any recommendations. Per usual, they still haven't called me back.

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Alexa Witt Hernandez,  October 14, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

Don't sweat it. Usually all you have to do with any doctor is just tell them you want your child to have any vaccines yet. Then they'll have you sign a form which states are aware of the risks it may involve. I didn't have my kids vaccinated until they were a year and their immune systems were more mature. Did some people think I was weird? yes Did I really care? No.

Adam October 14, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

Have you tried a family practice doc? The "natural" community I hang with here said that they are usually more low key, not as quick to freak out and give meds. I have
Meriah with a family doc and have been very pleased. The doc is not big on anti-biotics and thought my desire to give one disease at a time (if I give vaccinations at all) was reasonable.

Angela October 14, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

Per our midwife we have waited with the Hep B until they are a couple of days old. Next time I'll wait longer since we are not at risk. The next shots aren't until two months here so you can have more time to find a different doctor if that one stops listening! Good luck! Have you tried googling for other moms in the area that have the same concerns?

Elizabeth Perry,  October 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM  

NO! I think you are being a smart mother. I called around to peds before finding one that was willing to wait until Caleb is 2 to vaccinate and even then approach it slowly and cautiously. It was a bit hard because I work with the peds and had to ask them. You look amazing and are in my prayers.

Iveth Ortiz,  October 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM  

I was wondering if because you are allergic to certain medications, if the baby automatically becomes allergic to the same ones.......I would just be very careful and evaluate both advantages and disadvantages before making a decision regarding vaccinations. I don't believe you are an extremist, but I know some people are, and have never vaccinated their kids!!-which is pretty scary, because if they are exposed to these diseases, they can easily become critically ill. In our case, Jonathan has gotten all vaccines recommended by the pediatrician since he was a baby, I am praying you will find somebody that you feel comfortable with:)

Krystal Eddleman,  October 14, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

You don't need my input here since everyone who sees my posts knows where I stand on the matter ;) but please do watch Vaccine Nation. And you will be hard pressed to find anyone in the medical field who is not indoctrinated strongly with the pharmaceutical companies slant on things (they only know how to address problems with drugs anyway in most cases) but you guys are the parents and he is your child so stand strong and make a wise decision together. I definitely do think that you are smarter to wait until they are at least one if you decide to do it but personally, I would never get them. My sister has never had them, and I've only have had half of them. May God lead you guys in your research and decision!

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