There has been a lot of talk about measles and vaccinations in the news lately. I’m not one to spur on the great debate of whether or not parents should vaccinate their children, but I wanted to share this article by Roald Dahl, whose daughter Olivia died after catching the measles. It’s pretty impactful to say the least. Check it out.
Our immunization experience
Being a new mom, I had no idea what to expect when I took Layla to the doctor for her first set of vaccinations. And once I saw the needles laid out before her, I wished I had better prepared myself for what was about to happen next.
“Hold her still, here comes the oral dose,” the doctor said, to
which my daughter promptly spit out like a volcano. Three additional needle vaccines followed in her legs, each intensifying her screams to an ear-piercing decibel. I did my best to calm her by repeatedly telling her it would be okay, but ultimately my poor attempt failed, creating a bad experience for both of us.
Because no parent wants to see their baby in pain, I decided to pitch an article about reducing immunization pain for your baby. This article was eventually published in City Parent magazine. You can check it out here. I hope it’s helpful to those new to this experience.