Hi, who has had a child catch chicken pox when under 6 months old?
DS2 (aged 3) has just been diagnosed. DS1 (aged nearly 5) hasn't had it yet and they're pretty healthy mainly so obviously I'm not too worried about them, probably a good thing for them to get it over and done with.
However DS3 is not yet 4 months old and is still recovering for a fever/coughing virus DS2 brought home from nursery last week. He's breastfed, so hopefully that is helpng his immunity, but I'm a bit concerned about whether he's likely to get it more seriously because of his age. Not much I can really do about it now though as DS2 has probably already sneezed it all over the house...
Anyone got any experience/tips for getting younger babies through chicken pox? Thanks.
My 4 year old bought it home from pre-school when his baby brother was only 3 weeks old. Our walk-In centre told us he was unlikely to catch due to the immunity he had via my breast-feeding him. Thankfully they were right! Hope your little one feels better soon.
My ds was a similar age when my 18 month year old dd came down with the pox. A couple of weeks later he had a spot in his groin area, and two spots in his hair. And that was that.
Two years later I noticed he had a couple of suspicious looking spots. But it came to nothing. Only thing was, a couple of weeks after that, his younger sister had chicken pox. So I think he must have had it for a second time then - equally mildly.
I suspect he had some residual immunity, as a breast fed 3 month old, meaning he got a super-mild dose - and this gave him some, but not complete protection.
I'm in a similar situation watching my 10 week old like a hawk. Apoarently breastmilk should help - also the nhs wevsite suggests it is of most concern if baby under 4 weeks. I phoned my doctors and they said to bring baby in if she develops it but they wouldn't do anything like vaccinate.