Posted by: Rilly | 2004/11/29



1. How long after having Celestone (to treat allergic reaction) should we wait before vaccinating (MMR) our 15month old?
2. Are there any other meds that can interfere with immunity/vaccines that should not be given just before or after any of the vaccines?
3. Is it true that panado/calpol or any painkiller should not be given before the MMR and if so why not? if not can i give her Calpol 1 hr before the MMR?
4. Is the chicken pox vaccine new, if not how long has it been available? AT what age should my one get the chicken pox vaccine and how long after the MMR can i wait before taking her for the chicken pox one?
5. What is the vaccine at 18 months for? any other parents know?
6. Are boosters really necessary esp if your child is at home and not exposed to other kids much? will there be great harm done if one skips the boosters?
7. We are due to fly soon can i use convocaine ear drops for my little one in case she reacts to cabin pressure? if so how long before the flight do i administer the convocaine?
8. My doctor said i should give her Allergex 5 ml everyday to keep her terrible allergies at bay, problem is it knocks her out for hours, pls recommend an alternative for a 15 month old that can be taken continously without the sedative effect?
9. Does anyone know whether they still sell the white Scotts Emulsion as my one has an allergy to the orange colourants, if not where can i find Milkarra for Omega3/6 supplementation if Scotts Emulsion is not suitable?
10. Any body else's baby had to have the tear duct opening op? if so how long did it take, did the baby go under general anesthetic, recovery etc... is it anything to worry about?

Expert's Reply



I cannot comment on all the questions, but some of our readers may be abel to help you. Vaccination with a live vaccine like MMR is usually delayed for 2-3 months after a prolonged dose of steroids. There are no exact rules, it depends on the duration of the steroid therapy and the type of vaccine. The 18month vaccine usually includes DPT, polio and measles if your child did not have the MMR at 15 months. Calpol is perfectly safe to use before or after vaccination. Booster vaccinations are essential to ensure an optimal immune response. The chickenpox vaccine is nex to SA, but is used routinely in the USA. Because it is not routine it time of administration is not fixed in SA and you can discuss it with your vaccination centre. I would not advise the convocaine eardrops, but rather something to ensure that the nose is open during the flight and that she is given something to drink during take-off and landing to encourage equalisation of the pressure across the eardrum. I would not advise the regular use of anti-histamines at this age, not without very good reason.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/30

4. Chicken Pox
You can give the chicken pox vaccine anytime after 9 months.

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