She's in her late 30's now-- she almost certainly did NOT get varicella vaccine as a girl, it wasn't widely available 25-30 years ago. She may well have gotten the MMR vaccine, or may have gotten partial versions of it. She needs to get these shots to protect her and to protect our communities.
They're safe for adults. Do you think they would be suggested if they were not safe?
There's never been any evidence that more vaccines at once are more likely to be problematic. It's like walking through the rain-- if more drops hit you, you might get a little more wet. So what? Your skin is supposed to get wet, just like your child's immune system is supposed to deal with immune challenges. These vaccines are in no way any kind of "strain" on his immune system, any more than a few drops of water are a "strain" on a raincoat. But if you're uncomfortable with your doc's suggestions, talk to him or her about it. You could probably break them into two visits, do what you're comfortable with now, go back in two weeks and do the rest. This isn't really worth a whole lot of worry.
What you need to worry about is the diseases, not the vaccines. The diseases make kids very sick or kill them. The only vaccine reactions seen commonly are sore legs and a little fever.
Spread 'em out a little if you want, but get your child caught up ASAP.View Thread
Elbow fractures can be kind of a big deal in kids, and from your description, she may well have one. Of course I cannot possibly make a definite diagnosis, but you really ought to have her checked out, now. This warrants a trip to a local ER or urgent care facility that can do x-rays. Best, if possible, to go to a peds-only facility where they'll know how to use minimal radiation and read the film correctly.
CPK elevation in children is not common-- I have only occasionally seen it. In my experience there is usually a clear, recent explanation, and therefore no further eval is needed. I suppose if it were recurrent, further eval might be a good idea. I did find this report that I think is reassuring:
It's a case series of 130 children seen at one center in Canada with CPK elevations. In all but one case, the cause was transient and benign, even if it recurred. In a significant number of children, 13%, no cause of the CPK elevation was ever found. Only one of the 130 children had a metabolic muscle disorder.View Thread
It's tough for me to add much here-- the doctors you've been seeing have done all of these tests and imaging studies, and they're the ones who know the information about your child and ought to be the ones answering your questions. They ought to know far better than I what's going on.
I will say that often the approach to illness is to first "rule out" the serious stuff-- like appendicitis. Though a CT isn't 100% accurate, it's pretty close, especially when done at a place with experience and good radiologists. If the CT and all of these other things were normal, it's quite unlikely that this is anything serious. The next reasonable step is to talk about comfort care, what things to look out for, and to give it some time to see if it gets better. If it doesn't get better, there are more invasive and repeat tests-- but really, it turns out that it's usually best to hold off on those things for at least a little while, depending on how the child is doing. Frustrating, I know, to not have an exact answer, but until someone invents a magic "diagnose anything" scan that's the best we can do sometimes.View Thread
There is no "rubella shot," at least not in the United States. I imagine you're speaking of the MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella), especially with your handle "JerseyMom".
Anyway: it shouldn't have happened, and I hope the office takes this seriously in terms of retraining staff and making sure there are policies and systems in place to make sure that the correct vaccines (or any other medicine) are given at the correct doses. There is no system that's 100% error-proof, but we all need to strive to avoid mistakes.
I think it's very unlikely that a single double-dose of any vaccine will cause any problems. You might see an increased risk of fever of other mild side effects, that's it.
Your child will need another dose of MMR, usually given at age 4 or 5, for protection against these diseases.View Thread
I like that second link especially. Good tone. It's hard for parents not to get overwrought over this, and that makes everything worse. This is one of those things where the first step is some deep, calming breaths.
Then go see the pediatrician for some good, first-hand advice.
Meanwhile, read what you can about "encopresis". You can use the search box here at WebMD-- it's been discussed several times on this forums.
And keep in mind that he's not not doing this because he's lazy or wants to make you upset. He's doing this because he genuinely cannot tell when he's passing stool. This happens when the rectum is full all of the time with chronic constipation. You can work through this with love and patience and support. Punishing and shaming will not help.
Wow, we get more vaccine questions here than anything else! I don't mind-- keep 'em coming!
Would it be harmful? No. An extra dose isn't extra-dangerous, and has no more chance of side effects than any other routine vaccine.
However, having had the second dose at age 3 is NOT too early. CDC guidelines recommend a first dose of MMR at about age 1 (actually, any time after the 12 month birthday), and a second dose 4 weeks or more after the first dose. That second dose is traditionally given at age 4-5, but can be given earlier. As long as it is 4 weeks or more past the 1st dose, it "counts", and does NOT need to be repeated at age 4.
Now, private schools are free to make their own policies; and even public schools may follow their own school board recs that may not exactly match the "official" CDC rec. Still, that CDC rec really should be the best resource for parents and pediatricians and schools to follow.View Thread