Vaccinations And Colds

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monica - November 8

Someone told me that the 2 month vaccinations can cause a cold. Could this be true? My son got a cold a week after his shots and his snuffy/runny nose has never gone away. I am desperate to find a solution. the ped. keeps telling me the same thing but nothing helps.


BBK ® © - November 8

A cold is a virus, so no. At about 2 months of age, the colostum acquired immunity also fades out, so it could also be the issue. Cold like symptoms I suppose is possible to get from any immune response; but stuffy and runny nose could be from a variety of things, including dairy intolerance.


monica - November 8

thks bbk, maybe i shoud avoid cheese for a while....


BBK ® © - November 9

Not necessarily. It was just an example. It could be a new food that was introduced or an environmental alergen. Try to remember if you introduced anything new in your diet or his.... any new bedding, furniture, toys?.... anything could cause an allergic reaction.


kate - November 10

my (now 16-month old) daughter got a cold following her 2 month vaccinations too. she was under the weather afterwards and more susceptible to getting sick, I guess. she hasn't had a cold since, or any other illness. she's also not been vaccinated since her 2 month shots, but that's just an aside. hope the little guy gets better soon!


close enough - November 10

ahem ! BBK now you know your information is false . Of course the vaccination is not directly the issue but can be in rare situations although cause is likely contributed to the vaccination and I even wonder if it is a cold . Do we know exactly what is causing this situation ? No we do not so her pediatrician seems to be waving the 'cold' at the vaccination . She needs to focus on electrolites since colostrum is no longer an issue . You are right about staying away from dairy products ,(intolerance or not) but she needs the amino acids I just don't know which are the best ones for a child at this age to say ant_toxins like those found in strawberries and blueberries might be lame . I'm guessing that if her ped. thinks the same he was probably thinking allergic reaction . I respect your veiws and advice and think you're a good guy but I think you're just being lazy on monica's issue.


Jbear - November 10

The pediatrician's office is a more likely source of a cold than the vaccinations. Every time I took my older daughter for a checkup, she would come down with a cold about ten days to two weeks afterwards. I switched to a doctor with a cleaner waiting room and less patients (the first doctor shared an office with seven others and there were always 20+ kids in the waiting room) and we haven't had any more problems.


Amaya's mommy aka Stephanie - November 10

If your baby is going in for a 2-4-6 etc check up and you and baby are both well, ask to wait in the "well-baby" waiting room. The only children that go in their are kids that are there for checkups and it is very clean. Our office has a side for sick kids and a side for well kids but we still always ask to be taken to the well baby waiting room.


BBK ® © - November 10

"Close enough" I'm not sure of what exactly you're going off about?! What information is false? Oh, and they are called anti-oxidants not anti-toxins. Also are you saying colostrum provides electrolytes? Try gatodade?! Are you maybe trying to say "antibodies"? I appreciate your interest, but if what you wrote is true it would be a major breaktrhough in scientific research. The discovery of anti-toxins and colostum enhanced gatorade may be in shelves in a store near you soon! Anyway, just joking, I don't mean to put you down. As far as Caleb's runny nose goes.... I'm not trained to diagnose (not an MD), and even if I was, I could not do it over the internet :-) Based on what I know, a cold would have a few more symptoms than runny and stuffy nose. On the other hand many food or environmental allergies have exactly that symptom.


close enough - November 10

sorry , just didn't know where you were headed with the colostrum issue and whether killed or live vaccination certainly is a virus , its all in the wording and how you look at it .


BBK ® © - November 10

OK, I'll explain it. Colostrum has anti-bodies that are transfered to the baby from the mom. That immunity is worn out at about 2 months. This is the reason that the first round of shots are given at 2 months. Now there is no vaccination given for the cold virus, at the time. Infuenza vaccination maybe given at 6 months and that's more like in the flu family. Some cold-like *symptoms* maybe triggered when the immune system is challenged, but ususally fever is involved in addition to runny and stuffy nose, and colds don't last that long. I have even read (on medline) that even allergies to sugar can cause this....anyway, I hope I explained it better


Sophie - November 10

Aren't their antibodies pa__sed on from the mother to the baby that don't involve b___stfeeding? I believe there are and they last longer than 2 months.


Jbear - November 10

My doctor said the same thing about the mother's antibodies wearing off at two months. That's why a fever before two months is a serious problem, but a fever after two months is not always serious. That was a good idea about the well-child waiting room...none of the pediatricians on my side of town and both my kids' insurance plans have one, though.


BBK ® © - November 10

On colds in general keep in mind that while airborne contraction of colds is possible, the ABSOLUTE favorite way of cold and flu viruses are through your hands to your eyes and lips. Yes, you rub those areas much more often than you realize. It's very easy to get your hands contaminated through door handles then carry that to your car and from there to your home by touching the same things. So it is tricky to get rid of the contamination, but it involves frequent hand and surface sanitation. Lysol and Purell will be MUCH more effective than anything to combat colds and flu. BTW, you can wash your hands and still have contamination by touching the facucet before and again after washing, so keep that in mind.


monica - November 10

I thought if you b___st feed your baby he would not get sick...but from what I heard from other mothers... they still get sick.


~ to Sophie - November 10

You are correct, but it depends on the "disease". Colostrum only confers immunity for the 2 month span that is being mentioned here, through transfer of IgA where as immunity transferred from mother to fetus through placental transfer of IgG lasts longer than two months in some cases. For instance it lasts longer for measles which is why the vaccination for measles is later. Also, the antibodies last longer in babies whose mother naturally acquired it rather than those who have been vaccinated against it.


BBK ® © - November 10

Breastfeeding the baby can help in many ways, but whoever claimed they won't get sick must are most likely are confusing "philosophy" vs "science". Yes, b___stfeeding is great for the baby, but it's certainly not the universal medicine. Some of mom's antibodies start gradually to wear out at about 2 months and the babies at that point will transition and have the ability to make their own (a__suming they are healthy). Breastmilk can help that process and even still provide some immunity, but it is a process and it takes time... a year or more. We still don't have a complete understanding of how b___stmilk works, but we're getting closer.



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