Vaccines-I love them!

It’s not exactly a bumper sticker worthy tag-line, but it is the truth.  I have had several friends and colleagues work on polio eradication over the years.  Nigeria is a victory for them and for all of us who support vaccination.

But there is a new phase of anti-vaccinations.  “Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns to prevent internal bleeding.”  I have overheard the discussion on the why parents should consider the vitamin K shot at birth.  And the truth is, I just sort of shake my head in disbelief.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers) we have been giving vitamin K to babies immediately after birth since 1961.  It helps prevent anemia and brain bleeds because it helps with blood clotting.  There are evidence based studies that support the use of this vaccine and others.

Let’s work with the physicians who study these and other vaccinations regularly.  Keep lines of communication open and listen to the folks who went to medical school, residency training, and study this routinely.  And please get your child the vaccinations they need!

Then read this:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-health-polio-nigeria-idUSKCN0PX2RF20150723

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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