Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: bibi | 2009-10-19

Q.

Vaccines and circumcision

1. is it really necessary to give my 2yr and 8m boy and 6 yr old girl the measles booster? They have both had the 9 and 18m vaccines? Also all the other kids at my 6yr old schl will be having the booster so surely she should be fine even if it means based on them having the protection?

My reasons for reluctance are:

My 6 yr old had her last vaccine (she is up to date) 2 yrs ago which was prevenar, 2 days later she had a chest infection and about a week later developed acute hive which lasted for 2 wks, they were severe and eventually burnt out. I am not sure of a link to the prevenar but you can understand why i dont think a booster is necessary??? do you agree? should i still take my 2yr8m old for the booster of measles?

2. Secondly my 2y8m son was not circumcised? if we want to do this what is the right age now? sorry for being so graphic but i need to be: the other day in the shower he grabbed his penis upright and shoved his index finger right into the hole opening where he pees from, he sort of shoved his finger in and out about 3 times before i shouted that he should stop, i shouted because it looked like he would hurt himself and it was a shocking thing to see, he was fine obviously not sore at all! could this indicate a need for circumcision or maybe that it is itchy or or... i have no idea, also given that he is not circumcised do i need to be cleaning this area in any specific way? i just use his baby soap and water for the entire external area but i do not lift skin or anything as i would not know where to start or how and what is SAFE???

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your 2 year old does not need a measles booster, but your 6 year old does. It is highly unlikely that she will develop any side effects. from the vaccine.
There is no need to circumcise your son as there is no indication for this operation. This was simply curiosity which caused his recent behaviour. You are cleaning his penis correctly.

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