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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by StayAtHomeMama21 View Post
Wow. Is it really O.K for children at such a young age to have chicken pox? I always though grade school age was good.........

My son is 21 months and someone we know's children have it.... whatta ya think? I want to, but I guess I'm a smidge scared too.

I was born with it, (my mom got cp the last week of her pg), my older kids were 2 and 3 when they got it. WHen dd got shingles at 5, little ds got cp from her at age 8 months. HOnestly the 8 month old was easier to keep from scratching etc. I plan on looking for a pox party for baby once she is over a year. I think 21 months is a great time, by school age the risk of complications is already slowly increasing.
post #22 of 35
about shingles in children. I had it at age 9 my dd at age 5, the pain was there but easy to manage at those ages, no post neuralgic pain, no scars. We both had th actual CP Virus so getting it "wild" so to speak doesn't actually help prevent it either. I don't even remember having it other than memories of missing school and being happy because I hated my teacher that year, dd doesn't remember it at all.
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by swellmomma View Post
about shingles in children. I had it at age 9 my dd at age 5, the pain was there but easy to manage at those ages, no post neuralgic pain, no scars. We both had th actual CP Virus so getting it "wild" so to speak doesn't actually help prevent it either. I don't even remember having it other than memories of missing school and being happy because I hated my teacher that year, dd doesn't remember it at all.
I've been told that you can only get shingles if you've already had chicken pox..
post #24 of 35
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I've been told that you can only get shingles if you've already had chicken pox..
Some children have been found to have chickenpox titers, but never showed symptoms of typical chickenpox infection. Additionally, most of the children/toddlers getting shingles are cp-vaccinated children.
post #25 of 35
That's interesting. I always read that shingles was a (later) complication of an 'incomplete' case of cp. IOW, that a person could only get shingles if they had been exposed to cp but didn't get a strong enough case of it.

I wonder if shingles is going to be shown to be a complication of (caused directly by) the vaccine.

I have never heard of little children getting shingles before.
post #26 of 35
Eeeek! Chicken pox! (eyeroll). We just got done with it here, and I was AMAZED at how everyone reacted when told that DD had it. To get her case documented in her med record, we had to take her to the doctor. They agreed to see her, but only as the last appointment of the day, and we had to come in thru the back door. sheesh. You'd think she had the plague.

Glad we're done with it, I agree with PP, don't worry about your dc, it's just CP.
post #27 of 35
For what it's worth, back in maybe 1973 or so, when I had it, my parents had to bring me in through the back door as the last appointment of the day too.

That was way, way before the vaccine, and at that time it was absolutely normal to get cp. It was recognized that you do want to get it well before puberty, etc.

I think there is a (probably valid) concern about passing it to very young babies who may be in the office, or kids who are sick with other illnesses of various severities.

I didn't know that you had to have it documented. What is the benefit of this?
post #28 of 35
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That's interesting. I always read that shingles was a (later) complication of an 'incomplete' case of cp. IOW, that a person could only get shingles if they had been exposed to cp but didn't get a strong enough case of it.

I wonder if shingles is going to be shown to be a complication of (caused directly by) the vaccine.

I have never heard of little children getting shingles before.
I did a lot of researching when I had shingles and basically they have no idea how or why shingles happen (although like the pp stated you do need to have gotten the CP virus which you may or many not have noticed). I got CP when I was 4 and I remember being totally covered and really itchy...I think I remember it so vividly because the blisters were in my butt and my mom was always yelling at me not to scratch LOL. They don't really understand what brings on shingles. Some sources say stress and lowered immune system. I was pretty darn healthy and stress free at 7 mos prego though...I was eating well and still working out regularly. I guess something like 80% of cases of shingles happen in adults over the age of 60.

They have a shingles vaccine now that they push on the seniors. My mom just turned 60 and she is dead set on getting the vax even though her insurance won't cover it and it costs $300. I told her she was paying $300 for aluminum and a bunch of other junk that would make her ill and be bad for her body but she thinks I'm crazy for not vaxing and won't listen to me. You'd think a woman who's had 3 different types of cancer would care when carcinogens are being injected into her body. :

I am really happy to hear that kids don't have the pain. Everyone said I was young enough that it wouldn't be that bad, I was 26, but it still was. I don't have any scars though or any remaining damage so I got lucky. Also, if I wasn't prego and could have taken vicodin like candy like I really wanted to instead of breaking them into quarters and only taking them when I couldn't function at all, I'm sure it wouldn't have been too horrible.
post #29 of 35
[QUOTE=skyastara;10388825]If your daughter should come down with it, would you consider passing it on? I've been searching for CP for my son for 10 years Not too much longer till he is old enough that it becomes a real concern if he doesn't get it.
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I just posted about my concerns with my choice not to vax and this is one of the points going in my head. DD is 7 and no one around us has had CP and this worry's me that if she does not get it then she'll be at higher risk later in her life. Anyone get to an age point without CP and then get the vax? Or is it not really all the helpful anyway, although to some point it must be working because so many children are not getting CP anymore.? Dunno just thoughts
post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by skyastara View Post
I didn't know that you had to have it documented. What is the benefit of this?
If you have it documented that the child had CP, the school/dr/whatever won't bug you to get them the vaccine.
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post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by StephandOwen View Post
If you have it documented that the child had CP, the school/dr/whatever won't bug you to get them the vaccine.
Not in all states. In some states now, even the doc seeing it doesn't count, it has to be tested and verified that it's the pox in order to get around the school requirement.
post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by Shelsi View Post
Not in all states. In some states now, even the doc seeing it doesn't count, it has to be tested and verified that it's the pox in order to get around the school requirement.
Dang..They really are desperate to sell that vax!!!
post #34 of 35
I got it back in the 80s and the doctor wouldn't even see me... just diagnosed it over the phone.
post #35 of 35
I didn't see a doctor, either, when I had it. I had baking soda baths.
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