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August 30th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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Hi Ladies,

I'm not new to JM but to this board. I frequently lurk and I have a question for you all! I am a vaxing moma, always have been. Back in April our LO caught Roseola and ended up having a complex febrile seizure. Since then I've been so worried about every little fever that comes by! Carter's ped agreed to allow us to postpone his MMR and Varcilla until 17 months due to the seizure. We just went Saturday and I am still so unnerved. He seems to be doing great no fever at all, just a bit cranky but I don't know whether to attribute that to the immunizations or the fact that he's getting 2 new molars and an eye tooth :| My fears are that in my research it says that most children begin to have reactions within 2 weeks of the vax. We both work full time and our daycare knows the procedure if he were to get a fever but I'm still so nervous.

It's unfortunate that you can't google anything with the word MMR and not get 1,000,000 horror stories about death, autism, etc. I guess I'm asking for a bit of reassurance. I know many moms IRL who have vaxed and things were fine. I just wish there would be some of that information out there showing that not EVERY child will have terrible side effects instead of all the terrible things (that may or may not have a direct connection).

For all of you moms who have vaxed what was your LO's experience with reactions to the MMR/Varcilla?

Thanks in advance!
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August 30th, 2009, 06:45 PM
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Hello and welcome to the boreds.

As a mother with 2 children prone to the same typs of fevers, I understand where you are coming from.

Keep in mind, that while they are scary, they're actually pretty harmless. They are not like normal seizure in there effect to the brain.

Keek an eye on him, make sure there is a supply of both motrin and tylonal and if his fever gets high give both at the same time and it'll bring it down. Do your best to keep the fever undercontrol and your child comfortable as he can be.

If it helps, my children have never had a reaction to any vaccine, not even a fever.

Since he is teething I would highly suspect that is why he is so fussy. Camilia works well for teething pain

keep us posted ok
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August 30th, 2009, 11:15 PM
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Welcome to the board! Carter is such a cutie pie!!

I can understand why you'd be worried about your little guy getting a fever. I think that if he were to have a serious reaction, it would be something that would happen immediately, or in the following hours.

My oldest son did not have a reaction to MMR, and my 9mos old hasn't had to have that vaccine yet.

Keep us posted!
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August 31st, 2009, 02:39 PM
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It's unfortunate that you can't google anything with the word MMR and not get 1,000,000 horror stories about death, autism, etc.
Too true!
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For all of you moms who have vaxed what was your LO's experience with reactions to the MMR/Varcilla
All of my children have done just fine, including my son with autism, just some mild fussiness from my middle daughter.
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August 31st, 2009, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for the responses! I really appreciate it! We're going on day 4 now with no signs of reaction. I would be eased if I didn't read that reactions can happen up to two weeks later! That darn febrile seizure still plagues me though! Poor guy can't get any sleep without me jabbing around for his armpit in the dark and then the beeping LOL!

I know the seizure's are harmless but at the time it was just a nightmare. We definately make sure we always have both motrin and tylenol in the house and do the rotation every 4 hours.

Thanks again, I'll keep you all posted.

BTW, did you notice your LO's getting a tiny rash after the vax? Carter seems to have small little bumps on his neck/face. Again though it could be to the teething and all the drool thats coming down
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August 31st, 2009, 11:25 PM
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I bet the rash is from the drooling
Have you thought about getting a temporal thermometer like they use in hospitals? They are a lot more affordable now and you could check his temp while he slept even, Something like this : Walmart.com: Exergen Temporal Thermometer: Medicine Cabinet
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August 31st, 2009, 11:58 PM
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Aww lol Like I said, don't feel bad for being so worried. It's 100% normal after having to deal with something scary lie a seizure! And I probably wouldn't be able to breathe a sigh of relief until 2 weeks were up as well.

I agree, the rash is probably from all the drool!
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September 6th, 2009, 06:23 AM
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I can't remember if Connor had a fever from the MMR, but if he did it was very low. Other than being a bit cranky for a day and a temp of about 99.5-100, he never reacted to anything. Daniel hasn't had his MMR or varicella, but I'm not anticipating anything. I've been splitting his vaccines up so he doesn't get quite so much at once and he has never had any kind of reaction to anything. Our ped normally does the MMR and varicella together at 15 months, but I'm splitting those into two separate visits as well. I'm not worried.

Hmm, that reminds me, he's 15 months now isn't he. I need to get him in there for a jab!
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September 6th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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Thanks again ladies

I find it humorous the shot I was most worried about caused the least reaction! He didn't even get a fever LOL. I guess that's how it goes though right? He's a bit cranky still but like I said he's getting a lot of teeth right now. Other than that he's still my same ol' little guy! Thanks for the reassurance for a worried mommy!
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