So as today is such a sunny warm day, took my 21 month DD to the local park. There was one family already there when we arrived at the other end of the park. Dad of the family then comes over to inform me of his sons chicken pox. I've had CP so initially wasn't worried until u realised I'm actually pretty close to my due date (just less than 5 weeks) so if DD catches them at the max incubation period of 21 days and I have DD2 early. ... she could be in danger of catching them which can be serious in newborns. Now I'm panicking
What NanOsecond said. The baby will be fine even if the worst happens and your toddler gets it (which is reasonably unlikely - although possible, but possible all the time, you could have arrived at the park 5 mins after & wouldn't have known, or put the toddler in a supermarket trolley after a kid that has it etc). But regardless your baby will have immunity from you, especially if breastfeeding.
The family are beyond selfish and I would have had to say something, my DD has a condition that could lead to hospitilisation from something like CP. Why would you knowingly take your infected child to a park full of young children
If your DD does catch it you should be okay though. Your normally only infectious before spots scab so probably would be gone before babies arrival even if earlh
OP my son was exposed (same room as child, and shared food) to CP in January. Thanks to the very lovely MN community I discovered that if he got vaccinated soon after exposure it could prevent him getting it (or in the event that he did, limit severity).
I got him vaccinated 5 days post exposure (although they say up to 3 days is better), and he didn't get it.
Thanks everyone I'll relax a bit then. She didn't directly interact with the pox child no. My only worry was contact with equipment he had previously touched so hopefully unlikely she will catch it from that, and since I've had it and will be breastfeeding if she does baby should have some protection then. My due date is 27 th April.
Having just got to the other side of pox with my toddler, I understand the desire to leave the house, but "fresh air and exercise" doesn't cut it as an excuse for me. If you have to warn everyone else coming into the park that your child has the pox, you should realise you're being very selfish, especially when one of the people you approach is 35 weeks pregnant with a little one. A week without exercise whilst they scan over won't kill them, but it does drive you barmy!
I recently went into a shop and was chatting to someone I know, when they said 'don't come too close, he's got chicken pox', they were down for 'supplies' which apparently necessitated a trip to a book shop. I almost ran out of there. So unbelievably selfish.
But, when we were worried that DS might get it (we were going on holiday), the sheer amount of people who said to just cover him up to get on the plane, was staggering. My DF was constantly saying that we were being ridiculous. Presumably part of the reason why lots of these things are a prevalent as they are.
I have had DS vaccinated now, and I will do the same with the baby as soon as I can upon reaching 1.