I know this post doesn't belong in this forum but I can't think of a better place to put it for the amount of knowledge I am seeking.
My 3 week old DD had her first real outing with us yesterday at a quiet, calm, and basically empty local restaurant. Someone from our church happened to be there and wanted to see DD. I had no clue at the time that she broke out with shingles about a month ago. She held DD for a brief period and kissed her on the cheek. After she gave her back to my mom she came to our side of the table and proceeded to tell my grandmother that she was "feeling better but still healing". That's when I hear her mention shingles. I was visibly upset and I believe she noticed. The lady called me that evening and stated that she is no longer contagious as her sores healed up 2 weeks ago and she just has some red spots left but she is still sore.
Meanwhile, my post partum hormones are making me a wreck and I am certain my child is going to die.
I know DD2 is protected through my breast milk but I started to worry last night that I didn't have as many good "newborn antibodies" since I only weaned DD1 6 months ago. (I know... I'm being irrational).
The nurse at my pediatrician's office seemed to brush my concernes off but I still feel worried.
At what point is shingles not contagious? Even if she no longer had open blisters, is her red rash contagious? If DD were to get pox how dangerous would it be?
My bff's toddler just came down with pox from his uncle with shingles which, I think, is making this more concerning to me. Any advice would be so appreciated. I'm still worried sick...
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