Be sure your baby is cocooned in protection from whooping cough!
Cocoon your baby with protection from whooping cough! Make sure everyone who has contact with your baby has had a Tdap vaccine. Moms, you should receive a Tdap vaccine during EVERY pregnancy in the 3rd trimester!! What parent wouldn’t like to put their baby in a protective cocoon to prevent any illness? Illness is a worry of all parents. If you knew how to put your child in a cocoon, wouldn’t you? Hand washing is the number one way to prevent illness in children, vaccines are another way to prevent serious illnesses in children. Cocoon your baby by having every single child and adult who has contact with your baby immunized against whooping cough. This gives your baby a cocoon of protection. By cocooning your baby, you protect him from serious vaccine preventable diseases. There has been a recent recommendation to “cocoon” our youngest infants with protection from whooping cough or pertussis. http://www.vaccineinformation.org/pertuss/ http://www.immunize.org/cocooning/ Whooping cough is a contagious disease that can be passed from person to person. It is a very serious disease for babies and can result in a cough so severe that they cannot breathe. Hundreds of babies need to be hospitalized each year for whooping cough, and tragically some die. Adults and teens can get whooping cough too. Every winter we hear of outbreaks in local schools. Adults and teens will have serious coughing that can result in vomiting or even broken ribs. They can also be hospitalized for pneumonia and miss work and school…but the worst is these adults or teens can spread whooping cough to young unvaccinated babies. Children that receive their vaccines on time receive a Dtap vaccine at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and a booster before kindergarten. This protects children against whooping cough, but our youngest infants do not have full immunity. Everybody in the family over the age of 11 should receive a Tdap vaccine which is a booster vaccine that protects against tetanus and whooping cough. There is no upper age limit…over 65 is now approved. As a child and adult get older, the whooping cough immunity from their vaccines as children begins to decrease. The Tdap booster should be given to all adults no matter when their last tetanus booster was given. Most adults have not had a recent tetanus booster anyway! This recommendation includes parents, grandparents, and any other caregivers. This not only protects your baby, but protects them! If every adult that has contact with an infant is immunized against whooping cough, the likelihood of your baby getting the disease is near zero. Recent recommendations are that pregnant Moms should receive a Tdap during the 3rd trimester of EVERY pregnancy. Each time a Mom is pregnant, she should receive a Tdap vaccine…no matter if she received one in a prior pregnancy. This Tdap vaccine will help protect her unborn baby. So, cocoon your baby! Insist that adults that have contact with your baby receive the Tdap vaccine! Be sure that both Mom and Dad, siblings over the age of 11 and Grandparents have received their Tdap too. Good hand washing, covering coughs, and vaccination will protect your infant from whooping cough. Don’t wait, vaccinate and cocoon your baby in protection! Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent. Cindy