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#1 of 156 Old 10-29-2009, 09:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Chicken pox is going around dd's school. And there have been a couple cases in her class. Yesterday she had a single pimple thingy on her neck. Not itchy. She doesn't notice. Tonight (more than 24 hours later) she has one more pimple on her chest. Not itchy at all. No fever.

So.....I am not sure that it is even the chicken pox.....

So, my question is...if your child has two tiny spots and NO fever and NO itching....would you keep them home or send them to school?

If you child had chicken pox would you still bring them ToT?

What a crappy time to get them if it is chicken pox....(but that isn't my question....)


update: I kept her home today from school. Still two spots and no fever. We will wait and see in the morning....

Update: one of dd's classmates/friends has chicken pox today....her mom said it is her built in Halloween costume.

Additional question: what if I only ToT to people I ask first and either they a)don't mind being exposed b) got the vax and feel safe c) have already had the cp ?

Also...I am curious, and not many people have answered.....would you also keep siblings home assuming they have the CP soon too?
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It's the pox. That's how it starts. She's going to have a lot more tomorrow. I'd keep her home.
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It's the pox. That's how it starts. She's going to have a lot more tomorrow. I'd keep her home.
Yep, this exactly. When I had them as a kid they started off really slowly like this, and I never ran a fever.

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Although this was moved to Health and Healing.....my question isn't whether or not she has chicken pox....I am wondering if she only has two spots and no fever if others would keep their children home?????
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After talking it over with momtoS, I've moved this to Parenting. This thread gets around!

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Dang! I wish chicken pox was going around our school. Maybe you can send me an infected towel or something. LOL!
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If I knew my child had a contagious disease, fever or not, I would not send them. Nor would I allow them to go ToTing. You never know who you might expose, and chicken pox can be very dangerous to some people.

If it were the chicken pox though, I would call up my friends who were looking to expose their kids naturally to it though. As long as I didn't have to worry that they would bring along H1N1 too.

We are having to do ToTing in the house this year, since all three of my kids have the flu right now, so I get how annoying it is (they're all missing the school halloween party that they were so excited about tomorrow too).
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If she is showing signs of having it, no, I would not send my kid to school.

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mamatoablessing--I don't mind her get them. But I was just hoping she wouldn't have them for Halloween....
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School no I would not send her. ToT you bet if she felt up to it I would take her in a heartbeat. My reasoning on that is school she may get sicker so I want her with me ToTing she will be with me so if she does get sicker I could just head home.

I wish it would go around here as well.

 
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Right now it is going around like crazy.....really. Not just her school but several schools...
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The fever with chicken pox comes BEFORE the spots, and may be mild enough not to be noticed really.
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Is it weird that I'm kind of jealous? I really want dd1 and ds2 to get chickenpox. I exposed them twice back in May/June, and nothing.

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School no I would not send her. ToT you bet if she felt up to it I would take her in a heartbeat. My reasoning on that is school she may get sicker so I want her with me ToTing she will be with me so if she does get sicker I could just head home.

I wish it would go around here as well.
Um,what about the people you'd be exposing to it? It can be more serius in adults,and it's not good for pregnant woman to get it.

OP,maybe see if you can arrange a few friends houses or your daughter to go to,either before or after regular trick or treating times.
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Maybe you can post in FYT and ask who wants to be exposed. Then take her around ToTing to all the people who want to be exposed!

I'd keep her home for everything. If she's not got more than 2 spots on Saturday, I'd be tempted to go out ToTing.

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What if she wore gloves as part of her costume? Would that prevent transmission?

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I don't see how she could pass it on during ToT? She wouldn't be touching people and I could even hold her bag for her........

I just checked her with a flashlight since it is after midnight....no more spots.......
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Yeah, I wouldn't take her out if she has chicken pox.. she could wipe her nose and put her hand in a bowl of candy, which the next kid would put her hand in. I don't know why anyone would take a kid out who has it. That's not very considerate to others. I had chicken pox at 16 yrs. old and it sucked! And what if an elderly neighbor gets it? It can be really bad for them.

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The risk for transmission during ToT would be very low. I would have her wear gloves and possible a mask of some sort.

My dh has never had cp but he wont be moving out if the kids get it. I guess I just dont see cp as that big a deal for either younger kids or older adults. My sil had it at 30 and yeah she was a bit ill but she got over it just fine with no complications. As have all the other people I know of who got cp as adults.

 
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Please don't take her ToT'ing. You don't know which of your neighbors might be immunocompromised. CP could kill someone with a compromised immune system.
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Dang, I wish you were in Iowa I'm 31 weeks preggo but I had CP 12 years ago so I'm immune, I'll move in with my mom if it means getting my kids CP (DH is immuno comprimised)

Any-hoo, I don't know if I'd do ToT...sucks that she has to miss it though...

I know how she feels though, I got CP the day after Christmas. The worst part was I didn't get to miss school. My brother got them after me...New Years day I think and he got to miss 3 or 4 days of school. So not fair.

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If she dose have CP she would have already exposed anyone she has come in contact with in the last 5 days as a person with chickenpox is infectious from one to five days before the rash appears. Because the contagious period continues until all blisters have formed scabs I wouldn't take her Trick or Treating so she isn't exposing other children or adults which could include someone who has compromised immune system which could be serious as other posters have pointed out.

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I don't see how she could pass it on during ToT? She wouldn't be touching people and I could even hold her bag for her........
Chickenpox is a highly infectious disease that spreads from person to person by direct contact or by air from an infected person's coughing or sneezing.

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Um, just to clarify something, the fever can come at any point with CP until they are mostly disappearing (dont always scab over ime). I and 2 of DC never had any fever at all, but the other 2 DC who did have fever, it arrived 1-2 days after I was sure it was CP.

tbh, if it was just 2 spots and no other signs of illness then I would assume it was NOT cp; it could be anything, ime.

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Please don't send her to school or go ToT'ing. If you have friends who want exposure maybe you could do a Halloween party at your home instead? Frankly, this seems like a lot more fun to me anyway.

Please respect that there are kids and adults for whom CP is not a mild or benign disease.
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I would not send/take her to either. And I am a big supporter of chicken pox. But when my kids had them this summer, we stayed in when they were contagious. I felt it was rude to do otherwise. OTOH, in the school situation, if her school is full of them and most of the kids have prob already been exposed, I would possibly consider sending her, except she might not be feeling quite herself, so in the end I would prob keep her home anyway.
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As much as I support not vaccinating and exposing your kids to chicken pox, you really don't have the right to decide to expose other people to the disease. That's not ok. That is the sort of thing that gives non-vaxxers a bad name.

My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.

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I am keeping her home today...we had a late night and it is pouring rain too. She still has no fever and only two spots. Not itchy.

So....as it is right now I will still bring her trick or treating....I can hold her bag, and we aren't going into peoples houses so the risk for other people is very low. Especially since chicken pox is going around in general. If she gets more spots I wouldn't bring her around other people where there is more direct contact. But ToT where she is standing at the bottom of the stairs (all my neighbours have at least 4 stairs to their front door) will mean she is at least 8 feet away from them......I don't see why I would keep her home?

Also she has a sister, that has no spots (but might) and she isn't going to stay home......
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It's the pox. That's how it starts. She's going to have a lot more tomorrow. I'd keep her home.
Yep, I agree.

And you should not expose others to pox without their consent. Please keep her home!
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Chickenpox is very contagious and can be spread through the air - no direct contact is needed. It can be very serious in the elderly and people who are immunocompromised. Please be considerate to your neighbors, and don't take your DD trick or treating.
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