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#1 of 9 Old 12-08-2013, 08:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So we selectively vax and chicken pox is not one we are comfortable with.  My 8 year old just got the chicken pox.  She has 2 younger siblings with no signs yet.  Personally I am perfectly fine with this, I think it is better to get the CP than the vax.  My problem is we have a medically fragile foster child and I'm wondering how much doctors, caseworkers, etc are going to freak out on us.  Foster child I am 99% sure received her first dose of the vaccine just a few months ago.  Even the smallest illnesses give her a lot of problems though, she was hospitalized for a virus my kids got that was literally like a cold with a sore throat.

 

I am doing my best to keep my kids all away from foster child but I know CP is pretty contagious.  Any tips or advice or words of encouragement you can give me?

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Inform her caseworker on the chicken pox going around your house, and let them decide whether to temporarily remove her or not.  

 

There are also anti-virals for chicken pox - maybe look into it?

 

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I let them know last night- left a message and haven't heard back, I was going to let her pediatrician know tomorrow.  I hope they don't remove her temporarily.  I think with her having the vaccine, at least one dose, if she gets them it would be fairly mild and the stress of going to a new home would be harder on her.  I also hope the agency doesn't start to look at us like crazy people.  We do a lot of stuff out of the norm, homebirth, homeschool, selectively vax.  We actually got the flu vax for the first time ever just because of our little foster child.  It wasn't required, only recommended but we did it anyway.

 

There is a chance that my child actually caught the CP from our foster child.  She had 3 what I thought were pimples on her face last week and now I am wondering if she came down with a slight case?  To me it didn't look like CP at all but I wouldn't have even begun to think CP for a few spots on her face.  Also foster child is in and out of doctors's offices and hospitals and health clinics so much that she is exposed to everything so she would be the one most likely to have been exposed to it in the first place.

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I suspect they'll want to put her in respite care.
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Sounds like everyone is content to leave her with us and us just continuing to separate our kids from her the best we can.  I'm really glad the pediatrician is staying calm and her caseworker too.  Unfortunately, my youngest two are showing no signs still so I'm guessing this is going to be dragging out a while.  I am keeping them away till they catch them and have theirs scab over too.

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I'm guessing this is going to be dragging out a while.  I am keeping them away till they catch them and have theirs scab over too.

I'm confused here and with the first post too - you are contagious prior to showing pox - so the foster child would have already been exposed and unless somehow you can clean everything I don't understand the segregation going on? It can take up to 28 days too to break out from time of exposure. I've passed even clothing to expose another child so I don't really understand what is going on here - the bio children are not living with the foster child??

 

good luck but I would say the foster child either gave them or has been exposed already

 

 

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Yes, probably you are right but just in case we have segregated our children and foster child to different areas of the house. With foster child not being mobile plus she was actually gone most of the day on the day my oldest broke out and the day before there is a chance she hasn't been exposed and it seems smart to do our best to continue to keep them apart. Yes, it obviously isn't ideal and she does still share the same air in our house but it is better than my kids playing right next to her and holding her hand and hugging on her.

It is getting old already though. Unless I'm heading to the shower I'm not hugging my kids and I wash my hands after interacting with them. All for the sake of at least reducing foster daughters exposure.
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I'd be working to boost the foster kids natural immunity as it seems she's got some underlying issues.  Agree with serenbat, the damage has probably already been done as far as exposure and now it's just a waiting game.  Wouldn't have gone the flu vax route myself for transmission purposes (doesn't reduce numbers), but that's me.  Hopefully it all goes off without a hitch for you, but nothing wrong with a little preventative immune boosting.

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I was definitely on the fence with the flu vax.  I am really not for it, have doubts about how helpful it even is.  But the neurologist that we absolutely love recommended it for all of us and I try to be a team player.  We delay all vaxes and refuse ones that used aborted fetal tissue and a few others for varyinig reasons.  This is all on my mind a lot though because last night I dreamed I ended up being exposed to polio!

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