The journey of parenting is a treasure trove of milestones and emotions. With all the smiles and laughter, worries and little stresses are accompaniments, too, the size and intensity of which grow with each passing day. As your child starts to take in the essence of the world, new questions will pop up along the way. How can you ensure that your child is safe? How can your little one be healthier?
It is essential that parents are in control of the environment in which they raise their little ones. Some common methods of creating a safe environment are baby-proofing the home and eliminating the dangers of sharp corners, cutting down on frequent visits from loved ones to prevent the risk of infection, making regular visits to the paediatrician, and keeping up with midnight diaper-changing and feeding duties.
Now, a medical way of ensuring safe surroundings for your child is the administration of vaccinations. For many parents, vaccination can be an overwhelming topic of discussion, especially when their little one has to get multiple shots of varied vaccines containing different components. These multiple injections can be a source of distress for infants, and even more so for the parents.
According to various studies, a child’s pain and discomfort were the two major concerns reported by both parents and healthcare providers regarding administration of more than 2 vaccines during a single visit. In fact, a study has shown that parents are willing to pay extra money to shield their child from the pain and emotional distress associated with childhood vaccinations.
However, thanks to advancements in the field of paediatric medicine, parents can now quell their anxiety with the advent of combination vaccines. A combination vaccination contains two or more vaccines in the same shot. This means that during one visit to the doctor, your little one will get protected from multiple diseases with just one or two pricks.
Combination vaccines are beneficial for both parents and children. They mean:
- less visits to the doctor,
- on-time protection, and
- less pain and discomfort
For parents, this also means that doctors’ visits will not continually interrupt any work commitments, and will be easier on the pocket.
Protection from 6 Diseases with Combination Vaccination
Combination vaccines protect against the following diseases:
- Polio: Polio is an extremely infectious disease caused by a virus. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis. Amongst the children infected, 5 to 10% die when their breathing muscles are immobilised.
- Pertussis: Pertussis or whooping cough spreads easily from child to child. Infants have to endure coughing spells that might go on for 4 to 8 weeks.
- Diphtheria: Diphtheria is an infectious disease of the throat and upper airways, which produces a toxin affecting the other organs. This disease is fatal in 5 to 10% of cases, with a higher mortality rate in children.
- Tetanus: Tetanus is a medical condition characterised by a prolonged contraction of skeletal muscle fibres. It can lead to locking of the jaw, making it impossible to open the mouth and swallow.
- Hepatitis B: This is a viral infection that attacks the liver. It can be acute or chronic.
- Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b): Hib is a type of bacteria that causes severe pneumonia and meningitis in children aged less than five years. Vaccines can help prevent the contraction of HiB, and it is suggested that the shot be administered in early infancy.
In these times, when good health is of more importance than ever before, the combination vaccination against 6 common childhood diseases is a glimmer of light and hope for parents with newborns. When your baby is 0 to 2 months old, talk to your paediatrician about the protection of your little one with a combination vaccination.
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