September 19, 2019

Parenting in the Anti-Vaxxer Age

“I have a story about the doctor’s office.

Three months ago, when our infant son was only two weeks old, my wife and I were in search for a dentist who could revise his severe lip and tongue ties, a congenital buildup of tissue between the lip or tongue, respectively, and mouth, which had prevented him from nursing and would have affected his speech if uncorrected. We found one who had glowing recommendations from other providers and who had graduated from a famous dental school. Her office had the same lacquered sheen and peppy staff that you’d expect of any other upmarket doctor’s practice.

The procedure went well. The CO2 laser she used to release my son’s lip and tongue looked like it had been teleported from the future. The procedure took one minute, and afterward our baby was returned to my wife’s arms.

All seemed fine.

In the recovery room, as my wife soothed and fed our child, I saw a set of pamphlets. They weren’t from companies offering supplements or provided by medical providers advertising additional procedures.”

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