Hi, I'm a (semi) regular user sampling out a name-change!
I am a CM and have a regular babysitting gig on the weekend, Mum has just texted to say one of the kids has chicken pox. I have had chicken pox myself but none of my mindees have. I have no idea whether I would carry the pox and give it to my mindees/daughter, contact wouldn't be until the next day for DD, 2 days for mindees. What do you think??
Thanks ladies. I've Googled and apparently you catch it from touching things that are infected. Seeing as I'm going to their house I think it's likely to say I'll be touching things that may be infected. Obvioulsy I'll wash thoroughly before touching any of my mindees etc but my main concern really is that all of my mindees (including DD) are 2 or under so it'd be horribly if they were ill, and one of the parents is pregnant and I'd never forgive myself if she/baby became ill.
I suppose I've answered my own question really, but I don't know whether I'm over reacting or not
As far as I know, the chickenpox virus doesn't last a very long time outside the body - ie it's not as simple as you touching something with the virus and then touching someone with your virus-contaminated hand 1 or 2 days later. I think you have to be in far more immediate contact than that.
I think you'd be fine. I agree with last poster. Ds2 was a baby when one of my mindees got it and then another. They were all very young at the time and very much all over each other and I couldn't believe ds2 never got it! Still hasn't had it, wish we could get it out of the way now whilst I have mindees who've all had it!
I think you would be fine. But as an extra precaution, drop all your clothes in the wash and have shower when you get home.
Also check if you risk getting shingles (same virus, but affects people who has had the pox) if in contact? I am probably over cautious. But seeing as one mindee has a pregnant mum, might be worth checking.
You can get chickenpox from shingles but not shingles from chickenpox.
Shingles is caused by the dormant chickenpox virus (ie the virus that's already in your body from your initial infection of cp however many years ago) flaring up again. Usually if you're run down or whatever.
Shingles is infectious but the virus sheds from the blister site which tends to be fairly localised so if you have the blisters on your stomach, say, and have a top covering it, it's pretty unlikely that you'll infect anyone. Not impossible though.
I had chicken pox aged 7yrs. Have nannied for over 20yrs and been in contact with chicken pox at least once a year in, and in all that time I have never caught it again or passed it on so I would have thought you would be ok.
I agree with nannynick. If you have had chickenpox anyway I'd still stay well away anyway. Most nurses and people working in health care are immunised against it as it is so contagious.
It spreads through viral infection, either from the blisters themselves or from the throats of those who have chickenpox through coughing, kissing, talking etc. It can be spread by touching the blisters, clothing or bed sheets that may have discharge from the blisters.
Both shingles and chicken pox are caused by the same virus (as others have said) known as VZV. The first infection with VZV causes chickenpox. The virus stays in your nerve cells and can be reactivated any time in your life.
Nannynick - I agree with you, I don't want to be looking after an ill child in case they are really upset about it, but lets face it, the parents wouldn't go either if they thought their child would be distressed (they are just going out for a bit of 'me' time so they'd cancel if they thought they needed to). The illie should be asleep before I get there and didn't wake up the last time I babysat, which is why I'm a little less worried about it tbh.
I have nannyed for 15 years, had chicken pox as a child and all the children I have looked after have had it and I have never had it again. Agree with Cinpin most of the children have been fine with it just covered in spots. If parents were really concerned they wouldn't be going out!! As regards to being pregnant and having it, have heard its really dangerous at end of pregnacy.