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...
I think the chace of your DD getting CP from this is very slim.
Shingles is a contagious disease during the phase when patient develops blisters till the formation of crusts/scabs. If her sores healed 2 weeks ago, than there is really nothing to fear.
Maybe this will ease your fears
|The child must come into direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash.|
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Just keep an eye on your LO, and if you aren't satisfied with the nurse's answer, make an appointment (by phone or in person) to talk to the pediatrician directly.
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Actually, people with shingles are contagious to persons who have not had chickenpox. Therefore, the people will catch chickenpox if they you come in contact with the rash/sores and fluid that is draining from the person who has shingles. This information is for your reference http://www.isshinglescontagious.net/
OP, I agree, there is little chance your baby will catch CP. The lady is still sore due to the nerve pain that shingles causes. That can last a while.
I think everyone is just kind of worried about contagious diseases this fall due to all the news about H1N1, etc. So it's understandable you were upset!