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Should I expose my 7 month of DS to chickenpox

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Gumgardener321 Mon 20-May-13 19:04:08

Hi,
My nephew has chickenpox and wondering if I should expose my DS to him in the hope of him catching them. I've heard it's best for children to have chicken pox early but this early?
Any advice will be appreciated

ENSMUM Mon 20-May-13 19:09:54

No! I think if they have it before a year old they may not be fully immune so could still get it again.i don't think it is really a food idea to purposely expose a child to chicken pox anyway.

MaterFacit Mon 20-May-13 19:10:11

I wouldn't.

DS had it when he was ten months old and he had it much more severely than his sister who was five. He screamed all the time, wouldn't be distracted, I couldn't comfort him properly as it hurt him to be held, he didn't sleep properly for days. He struggled to eat because he had them in his mouth, it hurt him to wee and poo and the ones in his nappy area got very sore because they got less air, whereas DD wandered around naked for a few days. He was too young for Calpol, too young to cuddle up and watch a DVD, too young not to scratch (DD was better but DS has quite a few scars). Being housebound with DD was much easier than being housebound with DS. DD sailed through, applied her own creams etc, slept well, recovered quickly and has very few scars. She was happy to float around in a bath of oats etc, he screamed, tried to eat the oat sachet, wanted me to cuddle him, wanted to go abck in the bath, was hungry, tired grumpy feverish and in pain.

That was three years ago and I remember just how horrible it was and how miserable he was.

Sirzy Mon 20-May-13 19:13:33

No.

Although for most it is mild (but unpleasant) for some, even without underlying medical conditions, it can be very serious. How would you feel if you purposly exposed your child to an illness which left them in hospital?

ginmakesitallok Mon 20-May-13 19:14:25

Why would you want to make your baby sick?

Don't be daft. Why would you want your little baby to catch a serious viral illness? In most people chicken pox passes off without incident but complications are possible. Don't subject yourself to the worry of it. Obviously if older siblings have it then there's nothing to be done.

MaryPoppinsBag Mon 20-May-13 19:15:24

No don't do it. My friends baby (similar age to yours) was hospitalised with it. I also know someone else's child (toddler) who was hospitalised with it.

It can be very nasty. Let them catch it naturally.

HerrenaLovesStarTrek Mon 20-May-13 19:16:32

DS1 and DS2 had them together; DS1 was 1.5 and DS2 was 6mo. DS1 didn't seem that fussed, whereas DS2 had a more severe reaction (i.e. lots more spots, in lots more places).

I wouldn't say it was dreadful, but that was just in our case - unfortunately you have no way of knowing how bad it is going to be before the onset.

We gave both of them loads of calpol though, since it's ok from 2 months onwards.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 20-May-13 19:16:55

No. Although you can't stop him from ever being exposed to it, doing it knowingly is daft.

AmandinePoulain Mon 20-May-13 19:17:50

Good grief no shock

As has already been said, infection before 1 may not lead to lifelong immunity, at that age he'd be too young for piriton which can really ease the itching, and how would you feel if he was really really ill with it and you'd deliberately exposed him to it? hmm

morethanpotatoprints Mon 20-May-13 19:18:36

Hello OP.
I don't know is the answer.
I couldn't knowingly or avoidably, just in case it became serious.
However, ds1 was 3 and full of chicken pox shortly after ds2 was born. I kept them away from each other but at a few weeks old ds2 caught them.
They were so mild the doctor said he may get them later in life, but he didn't.
he had really bad shingles at 14 though and was very poorly for quite some time. Off school for 6 weeks poor love, they were very painful.
Don't do it, its not worth the risk, imo smile

Herrena that's what happened to us - dd1 was 3 and dd2 5 months. She was fine but I would never have knowingly subjected her to it. By the time dd1 became spotty they had of course been in continuous close contact. We thought dd2 might not catch it but she did and (we assume) gave it to dd1's little friend who gave it to her brother. Out of all of them he was the worst - poor lamb was 5.

No, absolutely not. Why would make a vulnerable baby sick?

Chicken pox is serious and can have horrible complications.

Gumgardener321 Mon 20-May-13 19:31:04

Thank you all for your comments. Been told by a few people that I should take him to see his cousin as better to get them early but he is still sooo young and like many of you have said we won't know how serious it will affect him and I would feel so awful if he became really ill. I'm a first time mum and was worried I was being over protective

DearPrudence Mon 20-May-13 19:32:55

No

EldonAve Mon 20-May-13 20:43:51

I have also heard of the under 1 they can get it again but not seen any sources to back this up

Getting it out of the way before school is good though

dyslexicdespot Mon 20-May-13 20:47:27

I would stop consulting the people that suggested you expose him to CP. they are idiots and their advice will harm your baby.

HaveAGoAtMe Mon 20-May-13 20:49:35

Gosh it's a good job you're all so experienced and knowledgeable. You must NEVER be/have been unsure about stuff with your first child. I bow down to your superiority.

Nordicmom Mon 20-May-13 20:53:08

I wouldn't do it on purpose with a small baby ! It can be a serious illness with complications and with a child under one I'd be more worried than with an older child ... My DS seems to have had it twice . A very mild suspected case ( GP diagnosed ) as a toddler and then a proper one at school age that hopefully gave him immunity .

valiumredhead Mon 20-May-13 20:57:54

No I wouldn't, it can be horrible especially when they don't know what's going on.

getting chicken pox under 1 year increases the risk of childhood shingles. Ds had chicken pox at around 6 months and then had shingles at the age of 3 which wasn't nice. 7 months is too young for deliberate exposure.

RandomMess Mon 20-May-13 21:00:02

No because they can't communicate with you. My 11 month old ended up in hospital on antivirals etc etc turned out she also had an ear infection that had been missed by all the various doctors that had seen her. Had she been much older she would have said that her ear/head hurt.

She was so poorly for 5 days, very frightening.

Haveago - chip on your shoulder much? hmm

The OP has said she didn't know what to do so she's asked for advice and received it. Personally I've been a mother for 15 years. I've three dcs, one has a congenital heart defect, two have psoriasis, one is a 'spirited' child grin, one is G&T, all of had chicken pox plus croup, ear infections, d^v bugs, pulled elbow etc etc. In the 15 years I've seen a lot with my dcs and with the dcs of my friends and family. I actually am experienced and knowledgeable - as are many, many posters on this site which is why asking a question is useful.

expatinscotland Mon 20-May-13 21:02:10

NO.

HaveAGoAtMe Mon 20-May-13 21:04:30

Yes. It's good to ask and I'm glad she did. I'm her sister, mother of said pox boy and long time poster - forgot password so re registered. I saw red with some of the messages. It was like she suggested sharing her heroin needle with a newborn. "You'd expose your TINY VULNERABLE BABY to THAT? Shock horror etc"

RonaldMcDonald Mon 20-May-13 21:05:47

I see where you're coming from.
I think they are supposed to get CP at a really inopportune moment though <about to get on a flight etc> so you may be robbing us of future gems....
All of mine had it sub 2 and they seemed to get it in differing orders of severity.
I think that there are really low risks associated with kids with a healthy immune system. Also you could just as easily pick it up from being beside someone on a bus.

HerrenaLovesStarTrek Mon 20-May-13 21:07:57

I didn't know that about childhood shingles. Oh good confused

I had heard that they don't develop 'proper' immunity if they get it when tiny but wasn't sure how much credence to give that statement since I don't always believe all the crap things you hear at baby groups. One of these days I will research it properly! It may well be verifiable.

Haveago - your statement makes you sound sarcastic and a bit silly. We are giving our opinions, based on our experience. I don't think anyone has claimed to be the Childhood Disease Guru although I would quite like the post of Chief Sceptic if it's going and if I get a special hat to go with it

No it wasn't like that. You're over-reacting. Did you suggest she bring the baby round?

I hope your son is recovering. If he has spots in the mouth then ice lollies in abundance can cheer him up considerably on two grounds grin. If you can get an immune adult to come and look after him so you can get out for a bit it will do you good too. I nearly went crazy when my older two had CP one after another......

HerrenaLovesStarTrek Mon 20-May-13 21:09:49

Ah, cross-posted with you*Haveago*. I do think your initial statement reads as snippy but thank you for explaining further - I now get your point!

WorrySighWorrySigh Mon 20-May-13 21:10:45

I wouldnt as DS had chicken pox at less than a year old and was very poorly. We also discovered that he is allergic to ibuprofen.

pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyquestion/a/1108_shingles.htm - says children are thought to be at increased risk for developing shingles if they had chicken pox before they were 12 months old or if their mother had chicken pox in her third trimester of pregnancy

CoteDAzur Mon 20-May-13 21:17:41

Don't do it because he is too young to form lifelong immunity to it.

Do it in a year or two.

Fwiw, DS got CP when he was 8 months old. He was covered in it but it was otherwise fine. He suffered much less than his older sister who got it from him. My only regret is that he will probably get it again, in the middle of another holiday, in all likelihood.

HerrenaLovesStarTrek Mon 20-May-13 21:22:36

Thanks for that ilovepowerhoop - interesting.

My take-home message is as follows:

1) If you have chicken pox (CP) then you are 10-15% more likely to develop shingles at some point later in life.
2) If you have CP before the age of 1 then you are at increased risk of developing shingles.
3) If you get shingles as a child, it is likely to be milder than in an adult and you have a lower likelihood of developing post-herpetic neuralgia.

So my DS2 (e.g) is more likely to get shingles anyway because he had CP very young (at 6mo). I'm now hoping that he gets shingles at a young age because it sounds way better to have it as a child!

Not sure how pertinent all that is for you op (and haveago) but I feel more informed grin

CoteDAzur Mon 20-May-13 21:25:52

WorrySigh - Did you give your DS ibuprofen when he had CP? That reaction doesn't mean your DS is allergic to ibuprofen.

bear in mind you can shingles more than once too - one poor wee soul in my dd's class (age 9) has had shingles around 7 times! (must have a poor immune system)

p.s. you can only get shingles if you have had chicken pox before so I think the link is saying that out of everyone who gets chicken pox only 10-15% of them will go on to get shingles.

you arent supposed to give ibuprofen for chicken pox as it can lead to skin complications

HerrenaLovesStarTrek Mon 20-May-13 21:36:06

Oh god, I feel like I'm playing CP bingo for bad mothers.

Cavalier about the risk of DCs catching it? Tick.
Administered ibuprofen/calpol/ anything the pharmacist could sell me? Tick.
Sneakily picked at the final few scabs in order to 'encourage' them to go? Tick.

DS2 still has some little scars on his belly and they're not even the ones I picked at blush

Oh and 7 times ilovepowerhoop ?!? That poor child!

I only found out about the ibuprofen thing a couple of weeks ago when someone mentioned it on a thread on here and I checked it out in the nhs website. I probably gave it to dd (9) and ds (6) when they had chicken pox at age 3years and 6 months respectively.

ll31 Mon 20-May-13 22:14:00

Stupid idea,why would you want your baby to be sick ?

MrsMcEnroe Mon 20-May-13 22:18:13

No.

My DD caught chickenpox (from my DS) when she was 8 months old. It was horrific. Constant screaming for days, she was in so much distress.

Despite being so covered in spots, and so inflamed, both externally and internally shock that up you couldn't see ANY skin at all, she apparently didn't have it severely enough to provide immunity. So when she was 3 yo she came down with it again (albeit far less severely).

(She had spots inside her vagina, in her mouth, in her eyes .... )

Chickenpox is a bugger IME and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy!

QOD Mon 20-May-13 22:27:29

Nononononononononononononononononono

I have to bring this out all the time

Scenario
4 yr old neice with pox

My 2 SILs think its a great idea to get her and her 4 yr and 2.2 yr old cousins so they all got it over with.
I told the they were stupid

Dn aged 2.2 caught it, it attacked her brain, she's now 22 and very disabled, can hardly walk, find stairs hard and dangerous and can't quite remeber how to tell the time still

The GUILT my SILs suffer tore the family apart and though its back together, its more Velcro than superglue

CoteDAzur Mon 20-May-13 22:33:20

" she apparently didn't have it severely enough to provide immunity"

It's not that it wasn't severe enough.

She was too young to form lifelong immunity.

Pyrrah Mon 20-May-13 22:49:42

After hearing stories about some of my father's young patients who were hospitalised, and after seeing the severe facial scarring my niece was left with after a bad case of CP, I had DD vaccinated the same day that she had the MMR.

She has been exposed multiple times since (she's now 4) and hasn't caught it. She is also now protected against shingles and importantly is not going to pass it on to my very immune-compromised DH.

The vaccine is included in the version of MMR (MMRV) that they use in the USA, NZ and Australia. In the UK it's not available on the NHS but is available privately - 2 shots, 3 years apart, cost £60 each.

I'd consider vaccination instead, if you can afford it. DD has been vaccinated and the £120 it cost was well worth her not getting CP.

Figgygal Mon 20-May-13 23:05:40

My DS cane down with it today at 17mo he has no idea what is going in its awful!!

Do not encourage it

WorrySighWorrySigh Mon 20-May-13 23:11:12

CoteDAzur - no, DS had an allergic reaction (confirmed by GP). DH is also allergic to ibuprofen so probably not surprising. Both get highly inflamed skin if in contact with ibuprofen.

Chicken pox didnt cause the reaction just that we wouldnt have given DS ibuprofen if he hadnt had such a high fever from the chicken pox.

twofalls Mon 20-May-13 23:16:31

No it's bloody horrible. And QOD, I think of you whenever I see one of these threads. hmm

QOD Mon 20-May-13 23:48:20

Let's not forget little clutchingpearls.

Op its the intentional exposure that's the issue. The guilt both sils have

sitzonhandz Mon 20-May-13 23:58:26

Pyrrah, two out of three of mine have been vacc against chicken pox. All three of them subsequently caught it grin

That said, the two vacc kids had milder symptoms. They still got chicken pox. grin

gussiegrips Tue 21-May-13 00:04:51

yep, another one with a kid proper poorly in hospital after CP, aged 3.

Not the awful stuff of encephalitis - but necrotising spots. Deep wounds with black, dead tissue at the root of them. Risk is septacaemia. Now left with ghastly scars (thankfully, not on her face) and she was hospitalised with febrile convulsions and dehydration.

She looked like something biblical - 16 spots on one eyelid. No joke, no exaggeration - one eyelid.

She's fine now, but, I'd support inoculation against CP. Yep, it can be as mild as her brothers' experiences were - but, she was a bloody mess. Literally.

twofalls Tue 21-May-13 03:06:23

Oh, gussie how awful. Dd2 (3) had it so bad dd1 stopped counting at 120 spots and only got to her shoulders. It was truly awful but obviously not like your dd. you both have my sympathies. My mum was in tears when she saw my dd. I wish more people knew how serious this could be.

TwasBrillig Tue 21-May-13 04:00:48

Wondering now about paying for the vaccine after reading this. I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. Does the vaccine work immediately or only after the 3 years?

We've not got tons of money but I'm quite freaked about them getting it.

lljkk Tue 21-May-13 04:20:11

Back to OP, I would expose him in a heartbeat if he were mine, would be be delightful to be able to plan when & where my child got this over with. Alternative is vaccination, if you can figure out how to get the jab.

DD had CP at 15 weeks & has proven immune in many subsequent outbreaks. DD was fine with it, btw, just didn't sleep so well for a few nights.

StupidFlanders Tue 21-May-13 04:40:07

The vaccine takes up to 3 weeks to kick in. It's free in aus at 18 months, I must live in a high take up area because despite working with children I only heard of my first case in over 10 years.

hazeyjane Tue 21-May-13 05:09:12

Ds has been vaccinated against cp, it is 3 weeks between jabs, not 3 years.

TwasBrillig Tue 21-May-13 06:36:51

Where do I go to get a private vaccine?

WorrySighWorrySigh Tue 21-May-13 07:09:38

Reading this thread you can see the problem for the OP. It could be fine, it could be awful. If I had the choice I would wait until the child is able to talk as a previous poster suggested.

gussiegrips Tue 21-May-13 08:19:48

Yep, the could-be-fine-could-be-awful thing is the problem with these diseases. My 2 sons were really neither up nor down with it.

But, why we don't inoculate against a disease which can kill children or make their brains swell up is beyond me.

Our own experience was a bit grim, and DD's got some nasty scarring, but, well, that's only scarring and mostly limited to her torso so it's not going to limit her choices in life at all

But, jeezo, encephalitis? <shudder>

I don't know why we don't vaccinate either. Dd3 caught it from a child bought to Sunday school despite having what the teacher diagnosed as a clear case of CP. His doctor mother said 'oh now he's had CP, it isn't that'. I didn't even know she'd been exposed, (nobody told me!)sent her to nursery as usual and was surprosed when she came out in spots. In the next two weeks 25 children came down with it! blush

Frogstomp2299 Tue 21-May-13 08:35:19

I wouldn't purposesly expose my child to it, I have a 10 and 1 yr old, 10 hadn't got it when younger and prob wouldn't have got it if it wasn't for the 1 yr old getting it. But I would say it's a lot easier when they have it as babies, my 10yr really suffered where as my 1 yr old only had the spots.

AmandinePoulain Tue 21-May-13 09:11:49

The reason we don't vaccinate in the uk is because the vaccine doesn't give lifelong protection and coming into contact with chicken pox as an adult is a lot more unpleasant, plus there is a worry that vaccine immunity rather than natural immunity can lead to a higher risk of shingles in the elderly. Or something more scientific! wink

Gumgardener321 Tue 21-May-13 09:27:27

Thanks again for taking the time to give all your views on the matter. I'd never realised how serious CP can be and I've learnt quite a lot from this thread A few of you have made me feel very guilty to even suggest such a thing. Obviously I don't want to make my child ill and suffer in anyway but had heard how it is best for children to get CP early. As he is so young and I don't know that much about the effect I wanted to have other people's views on it which I certainly got though a bit brutal at times.

CoteDAzur Tue 21-May-13 09:29:42

Worry - You shouldn't have given ibuprofen when your DS had chicken pox. It is contraindicated and no doctor would recommend it despite the fever. Same with other non-steroid anti-inflammatories & aspirin.

Had your DS never had ibuprofen before you have it to him while he had CP?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

gussiegrips Tue 21-May-13 11:13:21

Amandine that's really interesting, thanks. Did not know any of that!

OP, I hope I didn't make you feel like I was being brutal. I'm sorry if I did - and, I hope that when you do get the pox in the house that you have a really easy ride of it.

Mind, I also have two kids who had just that!

zipzap Tue 21-May-13 11:20:50

There was a post on here from a mum whose young ds wouldn't wake up when she tried to wake him up - turned out he had chicken pox I seem to remember. Although he only had 3 spots, he had some terrible complications, was in hospital very very poorly for weeks and weeks if not months. She posted an update recently and her ds is now out of hospital I think but still very badly affected.

There's another mum on MN who regularly posts on threads like these who tragically lost her child to chicken pox.

It really, really can be a dreadful disease and well done to you for asking the question on here, regardless of having been told what was 'best' by others, and making your own mind up having listened to the info contained in all the posts on here.

Here's hoping that your nephew recovers quickly and that at some point in the future when you ds invariably does get chicken pox, he only has a very mild attack!

FossilMum Tue 21-May-13 11:23:23

NO NO NO. He is very young. And as others said, at that age he may not get immunity anyway.

There is a vaccine against chickenpox, by the way. It is used routinely in some countries. It may be introduced here sometime in the next few years. If not, he'll have plenty more chances to get it when he's a little bit older and less vulnerable.

5318008 Tue 21-May-13 11:43:04

To be honest when my kids were wee, chicken pox parties were v much the norm, it was seen as a mild illness, best get it over with, astonishing now, adecade or so later. So I can quite see how family/friends with teens would say to mum with a much younger kid 'yeah, no prob, let him get it, job done'

OrlaKiely Tue 21-May-13 11:54:55

HaveAGoAtMe Mon 20-May-13 20:49:35

Gosh it's a good job you're all so experienced and knowledgeable. You must NEVER be/have been unsure about stuff with your first child. I bow down to your superiority.

_

eh? Surely most of us are here because we struggled first time round and needed advice....and now we're in a position to give it....is that a bad thing? We're only trying to help.

CoteDAzur Tue 21-May-13 11:56:05

Yes, that was very much the case when I was a child in the '70s, as well - sent to chicken pox parties and nobody batted an eyelid when I caught mumps or measles. Twice, no less.

Encephalitis is a very rare complication of chicken pox. And chicken pox is not only harder as we get older but also riskier. So, I would have to say that I would still encourage chicken pox parties. Just not under the age of 1.

MadamNoo Tue 21-May-13 12:02:01

my ds was also hospitalised with cp around 12mo - his eyes were scabby and swollen shut, in utter misery. my oldest ds was immunised as born in US and I never understood why they couldn't be here, as it can be such a horrible illness. didn't know about the possibility of getting later even when immunised.

tilbatilba Tue 21-May-13 12:10:26

Get your baby immunised against chickenpox instead. It's potentially a horrible disease and there is no need to expose your baby to it.

WorrySighWorrySigh Tue 21-May-13 12:25:38

CoteDAzur - DS had chicken pox more than 13 years ago. No MN to ask back then (and an awful lot less internet as well!). No, DS had never had ibuprofen until we gave it to him to bring fever down. We had been giving him calpol with no effect. Where we were and back then you didnt go to the doctor and took advice from friends (hence giving ibuprofen).

We are a lot more aware now than we were back then.

ProudAS Tue 21-May-13 12:48:08

Don't deliberately expose a 7 month old OP as that age group are particularly likely to not develop immunity and catch it a second time.

With older children there is no right or wrong answer. Pox parties have almost certainly prevented more brain damage and complications than they have caused as a healthy child who gets cp is unlikely to get it later on as an adult or when suffering from other health problems. It's not that simple in real life though when you think of the potential danger you are putting your child in.

There's an article here on getting cp twice
http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2562.aspx?CategoryID=200&SubCategoryID=2002

For those asking about where to get the vaccine, DD had it at a private travel clinic in or local town. Google chicken pox vaccine and a location and you can probably find a provider.

hazeyjane Tue 21-May-13 20:05:47

At our gps you can ask and they can order it in, unless it is recommended by the gp, due to underlying health conditions, in which case it is available on the nhs.

They do not know how long the immunity lasts, but it has been shown to last for 20 years in Japan. Because of this we were recommended to have ds's immunity checked when he is older.

The vaccine is shown to be 95% effective against cp and 100% effective against severe cp, where complications are likely - ie, it is still possible to catch cp, but very mildly.

alicemac83 Tue 21-May-13 20:39:05

I was just about to post a similar question, but i think it may have been answered. Chicken pox seems to be going around in our area, and on sat we saw some friends whose baby has just come out in spots. So the chances are that my 2.5 year old has caught it. That would be fine, but we're going on holiday on 22nd June. We're supposed to see the same family on Sunday and I was considering exposing my dd to it, just in case she didn't catch it on sat to try and make sure she's got it over with by the time we go. Is this a bad idea?
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olivertheoctopus Tue 21-May-13 20:40:20

Deliberately? No.

QOD Tue 21-May-13 20:47:20

It's the deliberate bit, if they're exposed, whatever, what will be will be. Deciding to expose and something goes wrong? You'll never ever ever forgive yourself ... Or your SIL. (My SILs have a very very bitter relationship now)

5318008 Tue 21-May-13 20:58:25

yes, the deliberate exposure is the nub. I would say don't.

MeAndMySpoon Thu 23-May-13 23:19:12

I couldn't do it myself, despite knowing that it's 'better' to get it over with younger (not at 7 months though!). I wouldn't be able to cope with the guilt of helping them get it if it were a mild case, let alone one with complications.

At the moment, my two are riding it out and it is bloody horrible. My older child looks like he has a tropical disease, covered in sores and blisters. Some of them are infected. My younger son has one eye swollen shut. I wish to hell I'd vaccinated, even though I was really concerned about exposing them at a more vunerable, older age. What do you do?? confused

Oh, and my GP evidently hasn't heard about the 'no nurofen' guidance with CP - he gave me the hmm eyebrow when we went in for antibiotics for infected spots. Wish I'd remembered that one of the many places I'd read that was the NHS website!

RenterNomad Fri 24-May-13 10:45:47

Can a breastfed toddler get CP? DD is nearly 18m, and I'm expecting her to have caught it from her big brother, but am just stressing about how long it is taking, as she needs to be free in time for some doctors' appointnents in June...

lottieandmia Fri 24-May-13 10:50:12

I wouldn't - it's better if they get it older than 12 months really because otherwise they may not get immunity. Mine were 2, 15 months and 15 months when they had it and they have appeared to be immune when exposed to it again.

lottieandmia Fri 24-May-13 10:52:44

QOD - what a terrible thing to have happened sad

miffybun73 Fri 24-May-13 10:54:38

No, don't do it.

RenterNomad, yes bf toddlers can get it but there is a 10-21 day incubation period between exposure and the spots appearing. I have heard of very young bf babies getting it too so bf doesn't offer full protection.

RenterNomad Fri 24-May-13 16:57:21

Thanks, ilovepowerhoop. That sounds a bit longer of an incubation period than normal, though, which would be rather bad news for our planning... if I may be arrogant enough to talk of plans in the context of children... wink confused

it was around 2 weeks between dd and ds getting it but it can be up to 3 weeks. The children are always getting in the way of my plans too!

RenterNomad Fri 24-May-13 18:59:16

Bastard, that would be a dreadful incubation period! DD needs an ultrasound, so we can't go around possibly infecting pregnant women! angry

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