Would I be irresponsible to take 18mo DD to the park today as she is still in the infectious stage of chicken pox. She's fine in herself. It's such a lovely day and the kids are driving me a little mad (3yo DS stuck at home).
Would be very irresponsible. My DDs are off school for at least 3 weeks atm because CP is going around there and DD1 has compromised immune system. Catching CP for her would mean 2 very painful injections and a course of antiviral meds that, last time she had them, made her very sick. None of that would guarantee that she wouldn't come down with CP, which would be life threatening for her. If all that came about because someone couldn't be bothered keeping their infectious child at home (knowing that she was contagious - I know it's impossible to know before the spots come out), I would be somewhat pissed off. <understatement> After 2+ years of on/off quarantine with DD1 (including 4 weeks in isolation following high dose chemo), I'm afraid I don't have that much sympathy for people stuck inside for a couple of weeks, even if it is a lovely sunny day. Sorry.
Yes, PLEASE keep her home! It is not only infectious to kids but adults too! I got it last year at 41 because the child of someone I worked with had it and brought the infection to the office. If any of her sores are open and she touches equipment EVERYbody will get it!
You would be unreasonable as you would be imposing the CP on others.
A CP party the people there chose to come and it is those parents choice to make. By going to a public place you are making that choice for others. some of whom it could be potentially fatal for if they are in a high risk group so it is not your choice to make.
You can choose to go to a chicken pox party because you WANT your children to get it. However, what about pregnant women who don't have immunity? Also, children with reduced or compromised immune systems etc. Or a newborn baby.
I have 3 children, including a new born, of course I take the other two to the playground and would be extremely cross if there were a child there with chicken pox that is still contagious.
Risingstar, DD2 has had the CP vaccination, to hopefully avoid her picking it up and passing it on to DD1. Doesn't always work though, so she could still catch it, and although she probably would have it very mildly, could still pass it on. DD1 isn't having any vaccinations atm because her immune system wouldn't respond sufficiently to protect her, meaning she'd have to have them all again later.