Immunizing Your Infants Against All Those Baby Diseases
Newborns are prone to all kinds of baby diseases because their immune systems haven’t had time to adjust yet. An infant’s body has not yet learned how to fight off disease, so any nearby germ can easily infect them. These germs can carry something as simple as the common cold or something more serious like polio or typhoid. The best way to protect your little bundle of joy against all these baby diseases is to immunize her.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease control have developed a set of guidelines to help doctors know when to give each vaccine. These guidelines are followed by pretty much every pediatrician in the country. The shots are usually given at the well-baby checkups, and each checkup may bring a new shot. It’s very important to stay on track with all of your baby’s immunizations and get them when your little one is the proper age to receive them.
Pediatricians’ offices are required to keep good records on when a child receives an immunization. These records will follow your child throughout life. He will need them to attend daycare, school, and university because many institutions, especially daycares, do not allow children to attend if they are not up to date with their vaccinations.
Immunizing your child against baby diseases ensures your baby will not develop them. This is because the vaccines essentially bring weakened or killed versions of the diseases into your infant’s body. The baby’s body then automatically develops antibodies to fight the diseases, and those antibodies will be with the child for life, protecting her forever.
One of the most common baby diseases children are immunized against is chicken pox. The most common telltale symptom of this disease is a red, splotchy rash all over the body. Chicken pox is not a serious baby disease, although it does cause quite a bit of discomfort due to itching.
Another baby disease your child will be immunized against is polio. This disease caused some children to become paralyzed in the early 1900’s, although today it has almost been wiped out because of immunizations.
Typhoid is another baby disease your child will receive a shot for. This disease is very rare in developed countries because pretty much everyone has been immunized against it. Typhoid causes a high fever and can be treated with antibiotics today, although it was once a deadly disease.
Most infants get the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, and whopping cough in just one shot, given at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months of age. Babies also typically get immunized for mumps, measles, and rubella all in one shot, which is given after the child is a year old. These baby diseases are also mostly extinct in the developed world because everyone is vaccinated against it.
The shots your child receives as an infant aren’t the only ones he will need. Protection against baby diseases should continue as your child ages, with booster shots given for some vaccines both before school age and after the child begins to attend school.