To wonder why my daughter hasn't caught

(42 Posts)
kappadelta Fri 28-Feb-14 14:09:58

Chicken pox. That's it really. My two oldest had chicken pox when I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 8. My two youngest 3 and 21 months have just had them. I have no idea why she didn't get them. Any ideas?

moogalicious Fri 28-Feb-14 14:12:39

Perhaps she had it mildly? My oldest two caught it when my youngest was about 6 weeks old. The youngest had one spot, no symptoms and hasn't caught it since. She may have had some immunity from me, although she wasn't bf, so I can only assume she had chicken pox and is now immune.

wigglesrock Fri 28-Feb-14 14:16:17

How long ago did your 3 & 21 month old have them? Last year my 8 year old caught them 2 weeks after her two younger sisters.

BumpyGrindy Fri 28-Feb-14 14:17:05

Neither of mine have and they are 9 and almost 6. Neither have ever had nits either! So odd since there's about one outbreak a term....

ILikeToClean Fri 28-Feb-14 14:19:46

Neither of my DDs have ever had it and they're 11 and 9. I think some people can be immune or get it so mildly that you don't realise that's what it is, if there are no spots you may think it's a regular virus. So she may have had it! I wish mine had gotten it, it's supposed to be much worse when you're older!

kappadelta Fri 28-Feb-14 14:19:48

Wigglesrock - There is still time then as it was only the beginning of last week ��

LeaveYourSisterBe Fri 28-Feb-14 14:22:30

My DC2 came out in spots two weeks to the day after DC1 was sent home from school with chicken pox. It was pretty much inevitable that would happen once a sibling had brought it home. Leave it a few days and then if she doesn't get it I think you can be fairly sure she's got immunity (perhaps because she's had it mildly before).

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Fri 28-Feb-14 14:22:33

I'm 46 and I've never had chicken pox! My son didn't catch it from the neighbours kids so maybe we're all immune.

feetheart Fri 28-Feb-14 14:23:24

My DD is now 11 and had never had it even though I actively encouraged mingling with spotty friends when she was smaller and DS had it (age 3) when she was 6.
I am assuming that she either has good immunity or is waiting until a really important family event hmm

Stinklebell Fri 28-Feb-14 14:23:51

I think it can take up to a couple of weeks from exposure to spots

I've never had it, not even when both my kids had it, sometimes people are immune

OldBeanbagz Fri 28-Feb-14 14:24:02

Natural immunity?

At least that's what the doctor suggested for my son who didn't catch it off his sister and hasn't caught it at either of the two nuseries he went to or at school (despite there being 24 cases in one of his nursery classes at one point).

He's now 9 years old and i still worry ever single Christmas party season as that's when DD caught it.

HadABadDay2014 Fri 28-Feb-14 14:26:21

I'm 28 and never had chicken pox, DS had them but dd nearly 5 hasn't.

RiverTam Fri 28-Feb-14 14:26:50

my aunty, one of 5 children (but none of her own) didn't get chickenpox until she was in her 60s!

Grennie Fri 28-Feb-14 14:26:57

I didn't catch chicken pox until I was 12, in spite of being exposed to it many times. A strong immune system?

wigglesrock Fri 28-Feb-14 14:27:54

Yup still time smile , my dd1 got her first spot 2 weeks to the day after dd2 got hers, dd3 got her first spot 24 hours after dd2. That was a fun month in our house hmm

exexpat Fri 28-Feb-14 14:28:07

She may have had it mildly without your noticing, so be immune, or she may come down with it in the next week or so. Or she may just not have caught it this time somehow.

I managed to avoid getting chicken pox during my childhood, despite all sorts of people around me coming down with it; instead I got it when I was 21, living overseas with little access to medical services, and I got it really, really badly - covered in blisters from scalp to soles of my feet, fever, delirious etc. It knocked me out for nearly three weeks. I hope for your DD's sake she gets it soon if she hasn't yet.

squeakytoy Fri 28-Feb-14 14:28:56

All my peers had it as kids.. I didnt get it until I was 26.

zzzzz Fri 28-Feb-14 14:32:30

Incubation is up to 21 days.

Dh got it at about 35.

jamtoast12 Fri 28-Feb-14 14:33:11

I never had chicken pox but I know I'm immune from a blood test previously so likely I had a silent infection as a child. Dd8 hasn't had it and never got it when dd6 had it so I guess she had a silent infection too.

kappadelta Fri 28-Feb-14 14:33:49

She was breastfed but they all were so I don't think that it has helped her immunity?

mysteryfairy Fri 28-Feb-14 14:34:52

I didn't get it when my 3 siblings had it but then got it when I was 17. I assume i caught it from a boy in one of my lessons who had it a couple of weeks before. I was incredibly poorly so obviously no strong immunity or similar at that point.

DeWe Fri 28-Feb-14 14:38:38

My dsis had it when I was 3yo. My best friends had it. Several caught it from a party I was at. I went through epidemics at school that everyone else who hadn't had it seemed to get it...

I finally had it at 20, at university when no one else had it and I never worked out who I caught it from. confused

bobblewobble Fri 28-Feb-14 14:46:34

All 3 of my older siblings had chicken pox when I was a few months old. My friends also had it but I never caught it. That was until I was 17! It was horrendous. I rarely caught illnesses when I was young. Still don't. My two children have still not had chicken pox even though their friends have. They are 5 and 3. The youngest catches all coughs, colds and bugs but so far no chicken pox.

TheWitTank Fri 28-Feb-14 14:48:16

My 6 and 8 year olds haven't had it either, despite being exposed to it often at school and with friends.

Whathaveiforgottentoday Fri 28-Feb-14 14:50:43

You would have been exposed to it when you were pregnant so perhaps she's been exposed via you. It may have been enough for to develop the natural immunity.
Does the chicken pox virus cross the placenta?

ClockWatchingLady Fri 28-Feb-14 14:51:08

Ditto my 7yo. No idea why he's not had it - he's been exposed loads of time, including sharing baths, drinks and lollies with his infected sister.

MigGril Fri 28-Feb-14 14:54:29

The incubation period is long for chicken pox. DD had it while I was pregnant with DS, he's yet too have it despite several exposures. we will seriously.consider him being vaccinated off he doesn't have it before his teens. it can be very nasty to catch it later on.

kappadelta Fri 28-Feb-14 14:55:54

Whathaveit - that could be it I didn't know that it could happen that way ��

Groovee Fri 28-Feb-14 15:11:29

My friend's mum caught chicken pox when she was pregnant with her. My friend has never had chicken pox and is nearly 39 and a nursery manager and has never caught it despite us expecting her to every time there was an outbreak.

Bootoyou2 Fri 28-Feb-14 15:15:00

Incubation period is up to 21 days I think so if exposed last week may still get it in a week or two,

Bluetonic123 Fri 28-Feb-14 15:40:12

My dad has still never had chicken pox and my sister and I never had it as children despite being exposed to it many times. We both succumbed to the same bout, me at 26, her at 24. It was the illest I have ever been in my entire life.

Nocomet Fri 28-Feb-14 15:48:56

I didn't catch CP until I was in the middle of my final year university project and 22 years old. No one I knew at the time had CP and I didn't give them anyone (fortunately DH had had them as a child like any normal person).

This is despite my DM sending me to play with the DCs next door when they had CP (because nan was really ill getting them as an adult) and helping with brownies, as a six-former, who all climbed all over us in the swimming pool when their school had loads of CP cases.

DSIS (43) has never had CP

I've never had it. There were huge outbreaks when I was a kid which I somehow skipped. Then dd got it and I figured I was done for but despite rubbing cream on her spots I still didn't get it

LettertoHermioneGranger Fri 28-Feb-14 15:53:52

People can have it so mildly that they're left with the antibodies and never show symptoms, and will never catch it again.

It's a good idea to get a blood test and check if you're "immune" if you haven't had it by your late teens - get the vaccine if you need it. It's an awful thing to catch as an adult.

SarahBumBarer Fri 28-Feb-14 15:57:07

It was 21 days precisely with DS. He had no contact with DD after the first day of her having spots because she was admitted to a sterile ward of hospital but 21 days later he broke out in blisters just as she was being dischaged from hospital!

Lots of people (especially children) do have CP without knowing it.

IdRatherPlayHereWithAllTheMadM Fri 28-Feb-14 16:06:01

Mine was BF and caught it, and got it very bad.

Its a two week incubation period from them being exposed.

grabaspoon Fri 28-Feb-14 16:09:37

I got it aged 20 working as a nursery nurse

SueDoku Fri 28-Feb-14 16:17:49

I'm in my sixties and went through my entire life convinced that I had never had CP as a child (including being worried about catching it from my DC when they had it). Then 5 years ago I got a funny rash at the top of one leg, went to the drs and was told that it was shingles, so I MUST have had CP at some stage... confused

Just goes to show that you can have it so mildly that you don't realise...! shock

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Fri 28-Feb-14 16:19:29

DH never got it as a child, although I suspect that was from his mother making sure he avoided it. He got it when DS had it as a toddler, along with newborn twins. Very inconvenient.

DD had it twice.

I never managed to catch mumps as a child, despite a lot of contact (did not lead the sheltered life of DH).

TheZeeTeam Fri 28-Feb-14 16:25:04

I took my younger two to every chicken pox party there was and nada. I ended up getting them immunized.

800threadcount Fri 28-Feb-14 16:34:46

Glad to have come across this thread. We had a note home from after-school club to say CP had called by and the children had been exposed. Then, last weekend ds was listless, glassy-eyed and had a temp spike. On Sunday night a rash broke out. Here we go we, we thought, but nothing further happened, no pustules or anything. He was in great form, the rash subsided - its gone now. Was that CP? Dd has had it (aged 2.5 at the time) but the standard average variety ie easily identified. As it stands we don't know now if ds has had it or not.

Thechick Fri 28-Feb-14 16:38:53

My 14 yr old has never had it but my 1yr old catches everything so its only time before we see if ds1 is actually immune.

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