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Ds Chickenpox has for the 2nd time, should I be worried for me?

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Jaffakake Sat 31-Jan-15 19:23:48

We were sure ds had cp when he was 10 months old, it was really mild & we know we got away with it lightly.

He's 3.5 now & cp has been going round his room at nursery. He's been on fine form all day as he has been all week, until about an hour ago & now won't touch his tea. I've been on 'spot watch' & noticed a few yesterday, but he gets the odd one from time to time & they were in an area where he gets eczema & tends to scratch. Anyway, he now appears to have developed more on his tummy during the day. He's had a few loose motions today and has mentioned a headache twice, but otherwise has been his usual bouncy self.

Is it likely he's just going to get another mild version cos he has a low level of immunity already, or does it not work like that?

What are the symptoms I can expect him to have? Do they get d&v as part of it? Is it normal to stay at home for 5 days?

I'm 31 weeks pregnant, but had cp as a child. Is there anything for me to be worried about?

dementedpixie Sat 31-Jan-15 19:27:28

they can get it again if they only had it mildly when younger. They are also more likely get childhood shingles if they had chickenpox under 1 year so if the spots are localised in one area it could also be that.

If you had chickenpox as a child you should have immunity and both you and the baby should be fine.

TheEagle Sat 31-Jan-15 19:29:09

If you had chickenpox as a child you should still be immune.

I'm a teacher and when I was around 16 weeks we had an outbreak of chickenpox at school. I rang my GP who had my blood sample tested for immunity.

Thankfully I am immune.

I'd say to ask your GP/MW to check if you're immune. I'm not sure what they do if you're not immune, they may offer you a vaccination.

Good luck!

Jaffakake Sat 31-Jan-15 19:30:47

Cheers! That's kinda what I thought, but just wanted to check.

The spots seem to be spread across his torso at the moment, so it doesn't sound like Shingles.

ljjeffro Sat 31-Jan-15 19:38:14

It is normal to stay at home for 5 days as the spots take up to 5 days to a week to scab over (once they are all scabbed they are no longer contagious).
d and v are not symptoms for cp but temp, snotty nose and generally feeling unwell are.
Although I do not have any dc's at the mo I an early years practioner who is 9 weeks pregnant. one of my colleagues has shingles so I have been told to stay away until I have results from my blood test which should tell me if I am immune or not. I also had cp as a child but very mildly.

Jaffakake Sat 31-Jan-15 19:43:04

I've texted my midwife to ask if I should be concerned.

Stevie77 Sat 31-Jan-15 19:59:38

Yes, speak to your midwife!

Okay, my daughter's friend came out in CP in the evening after they spent the morning together. It was about 4 days before I was due to go into hospital for a CS, so I was just 39 weeks. Luckily, due to an earlier scare, I had already been tested for CP antibodies and knew I had them. However, as I've been told by HCPs, it does not guarantee you won't catch it but it's quite unlikely. The later you are in pregnancy is also better, earlier exposure to CP is riskier to the fetus. It's a matter of waiting now for 2-3 weeks to see what happens really

Jaffakake Sat 31-Jan-15 20:22:25

Midwife says only to be worried if I've definitely not had it. I'm sure I have, as don't remember being worried about it last time. Hopefully my mum will text back soon.

Jaffakake Sat 31-Jan-15 23:08:12

So, I've just had to go to the loo with a bit of a poorly tummy, is it cp related (even though ive had it), stress or pregnancy hormones? I hate having illness in the house!

Jaffakake Sat 31-Jan-15 23:19:23

Now I think about it, I had what could've been a Brixton hicks before I needed to go to the loo. Is it related?

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