IBD medication & vaccination safety
Vaccinations are one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your newborn child from illness. They help promote immunity to certain fatal diseases and protect your child from infections in the future. To ensure your baby gets the best possible protection from vaccines, it's important he or she start receiving them, typically starting at two months, during the first year of life. Before vaccinating your child, your pediatrician should know of any medications you—the mother—are taking.
A final word on infant vaccinations
While some parents may worry that vaccinating their child may increase his or her likelihood of autism, they shouldn't. Vaccine safety experts, including the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, agree that vaccines do not have a correlation with the development of autism. Discuss your options with your doctor and feel confident knowing you're helping your child stay healthy by vaccinating him or her.
You, your doctor and your baby's doctor should always discuss your IBD postpartum situation to discover the best healthcare strategy for you and your newborn. But it's important to know that vaccinations are one of the most, if not the most, effective way to protect your child from future illness.