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May
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What is polio vaccine?

What is polio?

Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by polio virus. Polio virus enters the body through the mouth. It can cause some serious illness;

  • Paralysis (can’t move arm or leg).
  • Meningitis (irritation of the lining of the brain).
  • It can kill people who get it, usually by paralyzing the muscles that help them breathe. Polio used to be very common in the United States. It paralyzed and killed thousands of people a year before the vaccine was invented.

Why get vaccinated?

Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) can prevent polio.

History:

 A 1916 polio epidemic in the United States killed 6,000 people and paralyzed 27,000 more. In the early 1950’s there were more than 25,000 cases of polio reported each year. Polio vaccination was begun in 1955. By 1960 the number of reported cases had dropped to about 3,000, and by 1979 there were only about 10. The success of polio vaccination has sparked a world-wide effort to eliminate polio.

Today:

Polio has been eliminated from the United States. But the disease is still common in some parts of the world. It would only take one person infected with polio virus coming from another country to bring the disease back here if we were not protected by vaccine. If the effort to eliminate the disease from the world is successful, some day we won’t need polio vaccine. Until then, we need to keep getting our children vaccinated because Immunization against polio virus triggers an excellent immune response and long-lasting immunity to all types of polio virus.

 

When shall children get vaccinated?

IPV is a shot, given in the leg or arm, depending on age. It may be given at the same time as other vaccines.

Children

Children get 4 doses of IPV, at these ages:

  • A dose at 2 months
  • A dose at 4 months
  • A dose at 6-18 months
  • A booster dose at 4-6 years (several different vaccines in the same shot) contain IPV.
  • Children getting these vaccines may get one more (5th) dose of polio vaccine. This is not a problem.

What are the risks from IPV?

Some people who get IPV get a sore spot where the shot was given. IPV has not been known to cause serious problems, and most people don’t have any problems at all with it. However, any medicine could cause a serious side effect, such as a severe allergic reaction but the risk of polio vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small.

Some people should not get IPV or should wait.

These people should not get IPV:

  • Anyone with a life-threatening allergy to any component of IPV, including the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin or polymyxin B, should not get polio vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.
  • Anyone who had a severe allergic reaction to a previous polio shot should not get another one.

These people should wait:

  • Anyone who is moder9months and olderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled should usually wait until they recover before getting polio vaccine. People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated.

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Nov
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You can’t lose the medical report

At the time of being discharged from your hospital after having a baby, doctors or concerned staff educate all the parents regarding vaccination. Vaccinations hold immense importance for every child as they are our only weapons against serious diseases like Hepatitis A and B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, diphtheria, tetanus etc. Thanks to medicine and science, by the age of two your child can be vaccinated against 14 diseases, phew!

All these vaccines are given in the form of injections also called ‘Shots’. Your child is given multiple shots to cater various diseases or a single shot which will protect against multiple diseases like MMR vaccine which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. All this might sound like learning ABCs but when you are a parent, you have thousands of things on your mind which might put you in a position of forgetting your child’s immunization dates. While some diseases require only single shot to become immunized against it, on the contrary some require multiple shots also known as ‘Boosters’. A booster dose is an extra administration of a vaccine after an earlier (prime) dose; it is re-exposure to the immunizing antigen.  If you forget to get a booster shot for your child, you will have to start the vaccination from the beginning for that particular disease resulting in more money, time and tears because no one likes needles.

Now the question arises why these dates are so important and why can’t parents have their children vaccinated whenever they want?

Every child is provided with a vaccination schedule, not vaccinating on time leaves your child vulnerable to disease. It is important to vaccinate babies as soon as it’s safe, because infants are especially vulnerable to infectious disease. Not vaccinating according to the recommended schedule also allows for the spread of disease to others in your community some of whom cannot be vaccinated such as infants and people with certain illnesses and are at increased risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Along with your child’s vaccination schedule, it is also important to save medical records. People tend to undermine the importance of medical records, these records help doctors get an insight about the history of a patient to learn about prior care, understand current diagnosis and status, and subsequently create a treatment plan. After the birth of a child, doctors or concerned healthcare professionals record every important detail about the infant like weight, family medical history ( prenatal care, diabetes, Tuberculosis etc.), deformities and so on. This extended medical record is essential for your child’s future doctor’s appointments.

While being extremely busy tending to your children and other chores, we understand it is difficult for parents to remember all these crucial dates and save all these documents concerning your children. This is where Kidlr jumps in. Kidlr helps save your little ones medical records and sends you timely reminders regarding vaccination dates anddoctor’s appointment. This is especially helpful when you have more than one child.

So the next time you’re getting late for adoctor’s appointment, you do not have to turn your entire house upside down to find the medical records file. These important documents are just your phone away, thanks to Kidlr!

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Nov
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What it feels to hold your life?

There is a moment in your life when you just want to settle in your life with someone special; you want to spend the whole of your lives with them and to never let them go; the time when you just wonder how lucky you are to be with the love you never met before and that you want to have kids with your love. That is the grounding and most cherishing moment of one’s life when one is ready to bore children with one’s better half. When you are done with the over whelming, you would start thinking about how your life would change when the newbie comes. Yes you would have to change entirely and in the best way because your kid deserves that.

The very feeling of the child coming is what happiness is like and the sight of the child for the first time is what its personification possibly could be. These 9 months of your life and your partner’s life would be the most beautiful and lovable. You take care of each other out of love for the two of you and the third incoming. It gets cuter when the dads to be are all lovey dovey over whatever mood swings mother of the child goes through.

The minute you and your better half have been sitting tight nine months for has at long last arrived and this is what your mind would picture for all the years of your life. Your child is a push away and your heart pumps too fast for the emotions you have for the child before he/she sees the world. Your child becomes your first priority and nothing must hinder you in that time. The pretty moment just came in and the child is out and all for you there. At that point in time you just see the child, there is nothing better than only seeing the child for moments and the priceless sight…Aaaahhh you couldn’t even blink for few instances.

When the nurse hands you over with your child, the feeling is unexplainable and abstract. You would feel that you just dived into some other dimension where nothing is dark and everything is gold and silver. The time in your life when you have a life in your hand and that is when you know that YES THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. You just know that taking your child’s care is what your life is now for.

For whatever reasons, never prioritize things that don’t matter when it comes to your child. In case you’re a first time father, you have to set aside a few minutes for the new little individual in your life. With your occupied, pre-baby plan, it is anything but difficult to neglect to set aside a few minutes with your little one when he/she arrives.

To bond well with your baby, touch is the first step. Be senseless with baby. Babies love senseless countenances and senseless sounds. Senseless faces for the most part prompt grins and, in case you’re fortunate, even a snicker from baby. They likewise cherish senseless commotions as well. Being senseless is an extraordinary approach to bond with your little one.

 

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