Childhood Diseases

Posted by: D | 2009/10/23


refer post 1938 Tummy Problems

Hi Doc

I took my son the peadiatrician, believe it or not but his tummy started getting better the day before, so I spent huge amounts of money for the doc to say how healthy like that doesnt it? I have calmed down and no longer pissed off with her, its a real rollercoaster ride being a first time mom....
She calls it toddlers diarrohea (sp) as compared to your lactose intolerance, but said I did everything the correct way, so thank you doc for all the right advice, the only thing surprising for her was his fascination/obssession with watching the weather, a first for her, otherwise he is doing well and in actual fact quite healthy.
My question is something else. I have done the government vaccinations, which was when he was 9months and the next should be at 18months. But now I have had Hepatitis A last month and I thought he was vaccinated which in actual fact he isnt. She said I should get him vaccinated as soon as possible because he was exposed :
He is now 14months and a bit, he should get 1 Hepatitis A vaccine with a chicken pox vaccine and then when he is 15months he can get the another Hepatitis A vaccine and a MMR vaccine, this is what she has strongly advised.
My question, this is regarded as extra vaccines, must I do this privately or can I request it from my normal clinic and would the costs be the same, or should I just wait for the 18months?

Your thoughts are highly welcomed.

Oh and I will be introducing slowly cows milk as his tummy is starting to get back to normal, I know formula and soya milk are much sweeter than normal cows milk, so do I add sugar or just give it to him without it?

Thank you so much doc for the time taken to respond.

Expert's Reply



You are welcome. Thanks for your good humour. Your baby is due for the Hepatitis A immunisation at 12 months as well as the Pneumococcal vaccine. The MMR is given at 15 months. These vaccines should be available through your normal clinic.You probably will not get the Chicken pox vaccine through your clinic.
Do not add sugar to his milk.

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