Same story, different topic. Whether it’s the battle of breast vs bottle, cloth vs disposables, or home school vs public, it seems that moms always have something to criticize other moms about. Lately, with all the measles talk in the news, it’s those who are pro-vaccination vs the non-vaxxers.
I get it. There are scary articles about ingredients in vaccines out there. But like so many other aspects of parenting, I feel it’s something you need to educate yourself on, and do what’s best for your family. And just because you commit to one vaccine, doesn’t mean you have to say yes to another.
A post from a mom recently went viral. I saw it on my feed about a million times. It was a long article, but basically, the mom brought the newborn baby to the doctor, and later on received a call saying they were potentially exposed to measles while there. She rants and raves about how her kid was put at risk.
I get that too. I get that she is scared. The thought you could lose your child is terrifying, especially over something potentially preventable. There were comments about the stupidity of the non-vaxxers, stating things like they’d rather have a kid with Autism than a dead kid.
But what wasn’t addressed was the reason WHY the child that exposed the others wasn’t vaccinated. I really wish people would stop to think before they start casting blame. It was mentioned that at the time of the doctor’s visit, they didn’t know that the infected child was in fact infected. So it wasn’t as if the parents purposely brought their child with measles out in public.
Did they stop to consider that perhaps the child wasn’t even old enough themselves to have received the MMR vaccine?
Perhaps the child was not vaccinated for a medical reason. When Ryan was diagnosed at 4 months with cancer, we were told by his doctors to forgo any vaccinations until after his chemo was finished and his blood work was all back to normal.
I hate all the judgement between moms. I don’t understand why we can’t just try to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, or at least agree to disagree. We are all just doing what we feel is best for our kids. I think it is safe to assume that not one of us wants to see someone else’s child suffer.