Protecting Your Child
Protecting your child’s health is one of the most natural aspects of parenthood. Every mother would do anything to protect their little ones wellbeing.
Raising a child comes with many decisions to make, some easy enough – such as what colour to paint the baby room or nursery. However other decisions have further reaching consequences that could potentially cause serious harm to your baby. Adding safety cautions to your world to protect baby is a no brainer, but what about the hazards that you can’t predict but can potentially cause serious illness, disability or even death?
Immunising your baby is one of those question marks, with increasing debate over the last decade on whether you should immunise your baby or not. This month we gather what we believe to be credible information to help you compare and make up your mind about what is right for you.
What does immunisation do?
Vaccines work by preventing the body to fight an illness. Each immunisation contains either a dead or a weakened germ or two parts of the germ that causes a particular disease. The body practices fighting the disease by making antibodies that recognise specific parts of that germ.
The Good Parts:
- Immunisation can give you the power to protect your baby from 14 serious childhood diseases.
- vaccines are some of the best tools modern medicine has to fight a number of killer diseases. This is a scientific fact.
- at least 80% of parents interviewed in 2013 believe that vaccines are extremely important.
- America and Canada are both continually developing first world nations with first class medical facilities. Studies show very there risks associated with vaccines are being reduced every year as a result of ongoing research.
- Babies are exposed to many germs as part of the normal birthing process, including those from the vaginal canal, faeces and breast milk. Although their immune systems can meet these challenges, the immune system in an infant is still developing and needs to become active to protect against a range of bacteria and viruses.
- An infant will receive some natural protection against diseases transferred from the placenta, but the level of protection depends on the mother’s exposure to disease either by illness or vaccination.
- Each vaccine is carefully researched and produced so that it is suitable to be given at the earliest possible time to provide the best level of effectiveness and protection.
The Not So Good Parts:
- Delaying vaccines leave children vulnerable to catching diseases. Vaccines do not reduce a child’s immunity. Combining vaccines reduces the number of injections that babies and children need to receive when they get older.
- Vaccination Does Not Always Mean “Immunisation” - there is still a chance your child can pick up an infection.
- There can be side effects, some more serious than others.
- Some experts say that at best, vaccines boost our defences only temporarily. That’s because your immune system is programmed to recognize and attack invaders that come through the biological “front door.”
- Vaccines can expose your child to toxins.
Whatever your reason to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, please consult your doctor. Although we have listed some of these pros and cons from credible sources such as the Australian Government Department of Health and other non-governmental world worldwide sites like WebMD, making an informed decision is vital.