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#1 Spark

Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:22 PM

DD (2 months old) had the oral rotavirus vaccine 5 days ago.  For the past two days she has been irritable during the day and prone to really big crying/screaming fits.  Yesterday for the first time ever she started screaming halfway through her bath and that's something she usually loves.  She has gone from being smiley to screaming at the flick of a switch and the only way to calm her is to hold her over our shoulder and walk for ages.  Yesterday she was awake for 12 hours with only a short catnap in all that time, but whenever I'd put her down she'd scream, or she'd appear to be asleep but 2 minutes later she'd be screaming.

The GP did say fever and irritability were side effects.  Has anyone else experienced this and if so, how long did it last? My body is aching from carrying and walking DD all day and I hate that she's upset.

#2 sleepy123

Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:59 PM

Hi! Just had to register so I could reply to this one original.gif DS (4.5 monhs) has been just the same after his two doses of rotavirus. Was sooooo grumpy for about ten days after vaccines, the first time he also had vomiting, the second one diarhoea. I was very sad as all smiles and giggles disappeared and he was just miserable. Thinking about whether to give him the third dose or not??

#3 harrison~at~last

Posted 10 March 2008 - 02:16 PM

My DD has only had her 2mth one, but she was fine, I gave her Panadol before we went, but nothing was said to us about side effects.  She did sleep all that day, but no difference in other days?

#4 teabags

Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:12 PM

I know of quite a few bubs who have behaved similarly after this vaccine. A bit of a worry when it's so new.  We're not having it.
Elismummy, go with your guts, maybe don't bother with the final dose?

Edited by Saffi, 10 March 2008 - 07:05 PM.

#5 kmfh

Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:21 AM

My DD had a terrible time after her first lot of vaccinations. She was fine for a couple of hours after and then the screaming started. We tried some panadol after which she stopped screaming when we where holding her still over our shoulder. We had to hold her shoulder for hours, if we moved her in the slightest bit she would scream as if she was in the most awful pain. We tried having a shower with her which usually settles her straightaway with no luck, she wouldn't feed and I only managed to get her suck a little if I was standing, I think she threw most of it back up again anyway. DH managed to get her down at midnight after he'd held her in the one position for 2 hours. It was the most awful thing to see her in such pain knowing that I'd done something to cause it.

#6 katrina24

Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:08 PM

Hi, my DD did get some very nasty runny poos after her vaccine.  It's hard to see you bub in any pain/distress especially if you think/know that it's because of something  you signed them up for.  That being said, the rotavirus vaccine wasn't around when my toddler was a bub.  She got rotavirus and believe me it was absolutely awful.  I think a bit of discomfort is well worth it to prevent the possible days of extreme illness that can be caused by rotavirus (a friends bub was hospitalised with it).  This is my way of thinking about all vaccinations though and I know others will not agree with me.  OP, I hope your bub is back to their happy self ASAP.

#7 harrison~at~last

Posted 11 March 2008 - 02:02 PM

I'm with you PP, I couldn't imagine NOT having this vaccine given to my DD!  I'd much rather she has a day of discomfort or vomitting than end up in hospital dehydrated, on a drip etc.  Rotavirus is I think THE most common reason for babies being hospitalised.  Other thing in our house too is that I can't afford to get Gastro because I already have a bowel disease.

Sorry, didn't want to turn it into a vaccination/non vaccination issue.

#8 Renoir

Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:02 PM

We had at least three weeks of horror.  Next dose due next week; can't wait. sad.gif

#9 harrison~at~last

Posted 11 March 2008 - 10:57 PM

I wonder why some babies react more to it (or immunisations in general) than others?

Renoir - which dose was the big reaction to?

#10 diamondsandpearls

Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:30 PM


Edited by diamondsandpearls, 14 July 2014 - 01:29 PM.

#11 imagine22

Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:45 PM

I agree with PP's the vacine wasnt around when my DD1 was 9 mths and got it so badly she had to go to hospital and experienced over 2 weeks of severe dioreah and vomiting round the clock - its was truly awful and many get much worse than she was too.

DD2 was fine with the vaccine - at worst a bit irriatable for a day.

#12 sleepy123

Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:56 PM

Does anyone know how common Rotavirus is in Australia? NZ and the UK don't vaccinate for it so I'm wondering if it is more common here. I'm surprised that there are a couple of people that have replied who've had children with it, I thought it was uncommon! Still thinking about vaccinate/not vaccinate so any info would be appreciated!
Eli was much worse with second dose so quite worried about wht the third might be like!

Edited by elismummy, 12 March 2008 - 01:56 PM.

#13 imagine22

Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:06 PM

my dr said it was the most common cause of gastro in Australia --> and every child i know (prior to vacine introduction - my DD1 is 2.5yrs) has had gastro in its first 18 months at LEAST once (often more).

I would highly recommend vacinating. BTW they can also get febrile convultions from the associated fever. my DD1 got convultions and stopped breathing and went blue before my DH recussitated her. though its uncommon for them to stop breathing after convultions they are not good none the less.

Im sure gastro is much worse than the side effects of the vaccine.

#14 Renoir

Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:03 PM

Renoir - which dose was the big reaction to?
The first one.  I had read some things about there being horrid side effects but did not expect what we got!  My DD became truly awful to settle and was very chucky and pooey for so long.  I'm almost glad she spat so much of it out. huh.gif

#15 teabags

Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:02 AM

The Rotavirus vaccine provides some protection, no vaccines provide 100%.  This vaccine doesn't protect against all forms of gastro but provides some protection from the most serious type of gastro - which is not the most common reason for hospitalisation of babies in this country.  In babies under 6 months Bronchiolitis is.
I think it's very healthy to question anything that is being given to our babies and to make informed choices so that whether we give all, some or no vaccines or go the homeophylaxis route, we feel confident about it all.

#16 harrison~at~last

Posted 13 March 2008 - 05:03 PM

I think for those who have had children hospitalised with Gastro, they can be pretty sure that they are making an informed decision.

Just some quotes from another website:

In Australia 20-40% of all admissions of young children to hospital with diarrhoea are due to rotavirus infections.

World wide, rotavirus infections cause an estimated 600,000 deaths per year in developing countries, and a third of children admitted to hospital worldwide for diarrhoea have a rotavirus infection.

Vaccination will reduce the risk of severe rotavirus gastroenteritis by 85 to 100% but children who are vaccinated may still get a mild case of rotavirus gastro.

The rotavirus vaccines have undergone some of the largest and most stringent testing in clinical trials ever seen for any vaccine.

There is a LOT more information on this at this Child and Youth Health Website.

The other thing is, by not getting your child immunised, it's making it more likely that if they get it, they can pass it onto other people; pregnant women, newborn babies etc.

#17 teabags

Posted 13 March 2008 - 06:11 PM

I think for those who have had children hospitalised with Gastro, they can be pretty sure that they are making an informed decision

Kel, I wasn't suggesting that anyone is uninformed, I was simply saying that it's great to be informed and be able to confidently make a choice.
by not getting your child immunised, it's making it more likely that if they get it, they can pass it onto other people; pregnant women, newborn babies
Do you really think anyone would be out and about amongst pregnant women and babies if they or their child had the virus?!

This is miles away from the OP's post, but hopefully we've provided a bit of info from both sides of the fence.

#18 harrison~at~last

Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:03 PM

Saff - I wasn't having a go at you sweet.  And yes, you'd be surprised how many people do go out when they know they are sick, and touch babies and stuff!

#19 imagine22

Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:20 AM

just having more cases around increases the number of pregnant women and newborn babies (too young to be vacinated who get it). with many viruses its the early period when its moast contagious when people often dont know they or their child is sick so they are still out and about.

im sure people wouldnt be spreading it intentionally original.gif plus their child would be far too ill to be out and about anyway once it had set in!

#20 Mama-of-two

Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:59 PM

my DD missed out on the rotavirus vax because the  rant.gif  GP forgot to give it to her at her 2 month vax.

Edited by Mama-of-two, 26 November 2008 - 11:09 AM.

#21 harrison~at~last

Posted 14 March 2008 - 11:32 PM

My cousin was telling me today that when she had her first baby (now 8) he didn't have the immunisation and ended up in hospital for 2w with Rotavirus!  Then had all sorts of troubles and needed special drugs to get his system working again!

#22 mellymoos

Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:03 PM

Some of you mentioned a third time for this vaccine - i only have it in my schedule twice (2 months and 4 months) when is the third?


#23 jill72

Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:14 PM

My sister kindly brought over my poor sick niece to my baby shower.  My DD caught it almost over night and it ended up being rotavirus.  She was so terribly sick with full on diarreah (sp?) for over two wks before it looked like settling down. I'd never seen her so sick!!  I was pg with twins and my GP (and me!) was very concerned I'd catch it too which could bring on early labour, I was 22wks at the time.

My two little boys have just had their second lot of rotavirus vaccine and the second time it made them a bit unsettled with a bit of a temp. Nothing panadol couldn't fix. That lasted one day.  Big bl@@dy deal.  I'd rather that anyday than see any kid sick let alone a baby with that terrible virus!!!!!

#24 Tarshy77

Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:16 PM

My son is 8 1/2 months - He had the rotovirus vaccine at 2.4 and 6 months.  He was fine with the 2 month one but 4 and 6 months he had VERY high temps and was irratable.  He had REALLY bad diarohea after the 6 month ones too.

It isn't in my health book as he is one of the older bubs to get it.

#25 staceyleigh

Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:45 PM

My little fella has had his 2 and four month vaccinations which included the rotavirus oral liquid. There are potential side effects, like anything foreign going into their body. Your baby could get a fever, be irratible for up to a week, off their food, diahorrea. Always ask your health care provider for a list of potential side effects with every immunisation your child recieves, as it is there duty of care to inform you of what could potentially happen to your child. Panadol may help if they have a fever. You baby, may have just needed lots of reassurance after abit of a different experience, and needed lots of cuddles and love. My baby was the same, I still carry him around on my shoulders when I think all he wants is a cuddle, and usually I am right! Take care

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