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#1 of 3 Old 02-23-2012, 11:43 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My babes are 4, 6.5 and 8. I think this summer is the "perfect" time to get CP. I am wondering how much time we will be out of circulation?

 

If I expose my kids to CP, do I ethically need to quarantine them for 21 days after exposure just in case? I am trying to figure out how to schedule our summer with soccer, swimming lessons and family camping trips. I want to miss as little as usual, do not want to miss school in the fall and do not want to expose those who don't want to/shouldn't be exposed.

 

Also, what sort of supplementing is recommended for fighting CP? We are traditional foodies so fermented cod liver oil is part of our daily life, but have yet to find a concise list of recommended foods & supplements and doses.

 

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My babes are 4, 6.5 and 8. I think this summer is the "perfect" time to get CP. I am wondering how much time we will be out of circulation?

 

If I expose my kids to CP, do I ethically need to quarantine them for 21 days after exposure just in case? I am trying to figure out how to schedule our summer with soccer, swimming lessons and family camping trips. I want to miss as little as usual, do not want to miss school in the fall and do not want to expose those who don't want to/shouldn't be exposed.

 

Also, what sort of supplementing is recommended for fighting CP? We are traditional foodies so fermented cod liver oil is part of our daily life, but have yet to find a concise list of recommended foods & supplements and doses.

 

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A child is contagious starting the day before fever or spots appear, until 24 hours after all the blisters have crusted over. This usually takes about 7 days from beginning to end. The typical incubation period is about 14-16 days but can be as short as 7 and as long as 21. So after purposely exposing your child to chicken pox the soonest he may become contagious is 7 days later, but he/she may not be contagious until 3 weeks later. Unfortunately there is no way to tell so ethically, yes a week after eposure you should quarantine. IF your child gets the CP, then they need to remain away from others until 24 hrs after all the blisters have crusted over. If you start the quanantine a week after exposure and 2 weeks later your child still has not gotten any sign of pox, then it would probably be fine to assume they did not catch it and can let them loose. But overall yes, it can be quite sometime that you/they will be missing. As far as treating CP naturally I would focus on good nutrition during this time (no sugar/crap), lots of vitamin c, NOT treating any fever (let the body do it's job). There are also things you can do like applying diluted apple cider vinegar to the pox or adding some to bathwater to help them dry up and reduce itching. Oatmeal baths also work well for itching. Personally I am into homeopathy and there are several remedies that have proven effective at treating CP but which one depends on the entire symptom picture. You wouldn;t know until your kids had them and you could look and see  what else was going on (ie fever, cough etc...)


 

 


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Not all kids get CP the first exposure so you could expose all together but not all get it then but the one or ones that didn't can get it after being exposed tot their siblings that got it the after the first exposure. i've known some families where that happened. CP isn't always easy to find in some areas and spring is CP season. It has been in my state for the last few weeks, none yet in my area, I'm crossing my fingers that someone will get it close to me! Anyway, sometimes when you want to expose, you can't find it. I've been looking for 2 years now. Sigh. 

 

My girls had it several years ago. I considered them contagious 7 days after exposure and limited our activity accordingly. They didn't get spots until day 19 and day 21 after exposure. So yeah it was a long month! It was a week+ before they were both scabbed up completely and then we went back to normal life. WIth lots of looks though. The spots take a few weeks to fully go away. I used an awful lot of foundation trying to get DD1 presentable for a recital even though she was fine to be in public then. 


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