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Old 03-30-2009, 09:30 PM - Thread Starter
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All this talk of pox parties has me wondering what you guys consider a safe age to expose your LO to CP.
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well my boys got it at 10 months and just over 3 years. Worked out well for both of them, though my 10 month old had it worse than my 3 year old. BUT since he was nursing it was wonderful in that aspect.
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I got chickenpox when I was in kindergarten, so that is MY ideal age because I am comfortable with it. I will prob expose ds before or during kindergarten. I'd like him to get CP between the ages of 4-10.
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DS is 9 months so I'm still not comfortable exposing him on purpose right now. The thing is, we are planning on having a 2nd baby hopefully in late 2010 and I would have liked to expose DS to chickenpox before another babe came around or I guess I could wait till DS was 4 and new babe was 2... it all depends on whether or not I can find chicken pox! LOL
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We did 5 and 18m for my DD's. Originally I had wanted DD2 to be over 2 but the chance to get CP doesn't come around often here so when I had it, I jumped on it. I certainly would of wanted her to be over a year but sometimes it does happen naturally and I wouldn't of been too concerned.

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Anytime after one year of age - hopefully before the age of 4! DS got them at three...finally! I had to expose him three times over three months for him to finally get it! hehe

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DD is 2.5 and has it now. It's working out well.
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mine are 2.5 and almost four and we are trying to expose
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I got it when I was 2 weeks old!! That would not be my ideal age, but just thought I would throw that out there. I couldn't believe it when I saw my medical record. (my mom passed away when I was 9) Anyway, I must have made it through fine, although my husband says that explains alot...funny man!:

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DS has them right now and he is 18 months. It's going very smoothly. The fever phase was a little rough because he was so restless and couldn't sleep. But that only lasted 48 hours, now he is sleeping great and not scratching much at all.

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All this talk of pox parties has me wondering what you guys consider a safe age to expose your LO to CP.
My dd had just turned three when she got chicken pox and it was perfect. She was old enough to understand that she was sick, but young enough to distract and cuddle, etc.

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Definately before I got them--I was 17. I caught them from my 5 year old cousin. They weren't itchy little bumps then, they were dime to quarter size welts, and were painful. I had a high fever, and was nearly hospitalized. I had them EVERYWHERE...Even in my mouth. Ew!

Had lots of neighbors bringing their kiddos over so I could give it to them though...So I guess I served a good purpose.

I remember the conversation I had with my cousin on the telephone too..lol

"Jessi, you're a chicken?"
"Yes, you turned me into a chicken!"
"But you won't cry, huh, cuz big kids don't cry when they get the chicken pox."

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DS was exposed at 14 months and again at 2 years but didn't get it yet.

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Ds1 got them right before he turned 2. We were still nursing. He got a pretty severe case but it went alright.

Ds2 hasn't had them yet.

Ds1 actually wasn't exposed on purpose and I liked that. It's hard for me to decide, "now I will expose them to the pox", kwim? I hope ds2 just comes down with them too.
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i was exposed a lot as a child and at age 26 am not immune to them, i can't wait for my son to get them so i can get them and show my mom that i'm not going to die from the chicken pox like she thinks will happen if i get them.

my daughter got the vaccine before i knew better.


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My ds was a few months shy of 3 when he got them. He was still nursing at the time, so that was great for comfort. And he was pretty easy to distract at that age.
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