I LOVE having a newborn! I had forgotten how cuddly little babies can be. Falling asleep on my chest, the baby squeaks, the baby grunts, and the joy of that first on-purpose smile…I am loving every minute of it!
But, a newborn also means that again I have to face the articles, the arguments, the research, and the lack there of…
the V word. Vaccines. There. I said it.
What do I really think? I don’t know what I really think. I will vaccinate according to the recommended schedule and hope for the best. Yago hasn’t had a problem so far and hopefully Daryoosh will follow suit.
I read quite a bit about vaccinations and autism while I was pregnant with Yago. At first I worried but then decided that I wouldn’t worry until someone gave me something to worry about. In my reading, I was struck by a couple of stories. One woman with identical twin sons followed the same exact vaccination schedule for her boys. One ended up autistic, and the other not. In another story I read, a woman talked about her battle with her firstborn’s autism. When her second son was born, she was convinced that the vaccinations were the cause of her son’s autism so she did not vaccinate her second son. Guess what, he was also later diagnosed with autism.
Here I am again. One week before D’s first set of vaccinations. Here’s hoping for the best. What are your thoughts on Vaccines and their links to Autism? What about TV? Can that be a trigger?
How about alternatives to vaccinations? Are chicken pox parties really a better option?
Hopefully one day we’ll know more about the causes or triggers of autism, but in the meantime, I hope that we can dedicate more resources and pay more attention to the autistic children who are already here.