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Old 01-09-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Should I try and get my kids chicken pox?

Just found out last night that the chicken pox is here in my area. We don't vax for chicken pox. ODD had one does when she was a year old but that's it. A couple of years ago I thought she had it but had very few spots and DS didn't get anything. YDD is 19 months and I'm wondering if this is too young to try and get it, if I should wait another year?

Thing is, this is a really good time for this kids to be sick...I'm not in school and not working. I plan to go back to school or work sometime in the next year, so it would be less convenient. But, I don't want to have YDD get it if she's too young. She's still nursing and is quite needy right now, nursing like 10 times a day already, so I'm worried that it will be a nightmare if she's uncomfortable and itchy and wanting to nurse even more than she already does (I'm a little burned out on the nursing). But then again, maybe it would be nice to still be nursing as a means for comfort.

I also found out this morning that this place is over an hour away from me. I know that's a poor excuse, but an hour+ in the car is not easy for my toddler. Driving there and back would be tough on her (me too since she will be mad). Trying to decide if it's worth the drive.

Thoughts? Let's not make this a vax/no vax discussion, please.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #2
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If I was you, I would try to go get it. My mom exposed me a ton of times from age 2 until 10 and I never got it. My brother was 2 and I was 10 when we finally caught it. We are both un vaxed. I was worse then my brother and my mom was glad my brother was still nursing.
This was like 18 years ago whrn not everyone was vaccinated for the chicken pox too. So I say go just because its rare that people get the chicken pox anymore and it could be your only chance
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Idk all my kids are vaxed but 3 out of 5 got it anyways. Ds2 was the first significant case on 5 years here. He had them head to toe. Then he got hand-foot-and mouth at the last few days of chicken pox. It was bad enough to leave scars. You could always have a titer drawn to check for natural immunity. I only had 5 pox as a kid but had a titer drawn for nursing school and I was good. I say do what you feel comfortable with.
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Re: Should I try and get my kids chicken pox?

I would!
The vaccination doesn't prevent kids from getting it, it makes it so their cases are smaller.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:57 AM   #5
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I would do it. My oldest had it at 8 months old and it was easy. He was happy with a severe case even. I wish some one would get them here so I could expose my kids to it. THey are 4, 3 and 9 months. I would love for them to get it now.
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I wouldn't intentionally expose my kids. I would never forgive myself if there were a complication. And the scars? My sister still has scars on her face twenty years later.
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I wouldn't intentionally expose my kids. I would never forgive myself if there were a complication. And the scars? My sister still has scars on her face twenty years later.
with or without the shot, the majority of people get it sometime in their life and if its not pox then its shingles. as you get older, the scaring is more prevalent. little kids heal quickly w no scars typically
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I wouldn't intentionally expose my kids. I would never forgive myself if there were a complication. And the scars? My sister still has scars on her face twenty years later.
this I got chicken pot naturally as a toddler but didn't develop a complete immunity to it ended up with horrible complications and still suffer from shingle outbreaks today.
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this I got chicken pot naturally as a toddler but didn't develop a complete immunity to it ended up with horrible complications and still suffer from shingle outbreaks today.
Yup. I had it twice; once as a small child and then again at around eleven or so. I have had shingles twice.
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Here is some info copied from a hospital's website re: chickenpox:
http://www.chop.edu/service/parents-...icken-pox.html

Typically, children with chickenpox experience an itchy rash of 250 to 500 blisters beginning on the chest and face and spreading over the entire body. They may be tired, feverish, and have a headache. Some children may experience vomiting or diarrhea. The illness usually lasts about five to 10 days.
Of 1,000 people with chickenpox:
About 100 will require medical attention
About two will be hospitalized
About 50 will suffer from infected blisters; in some cases the bacterial infection is caused by group A streptococcus (GAS). When GAS enters the bloodstream, it can lead to a mild infection or, less commonly, a more severe situation such as necrotizing fasciitis, also known as "flesh-eating bacteria," or streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). Necrotizing fasciitis destroys muscles, fat, and skin tissue. STSS causes a rapid drop in blood pressure and organ failure. About 1,500 people die from GAS in the U.S. every year; some of these as a complication from chickenpox.
Other complications from chickenpox can include dehydration from vomiting or diarrhea, pneumonia, or swelling of the brain (known as encephalitis).
Before the vaccine about 50 children died each year from chickenpox infection or its complications; many of these were previously healthy children.
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