My 4 y/o dd just had CP. She got it from another homeschooling kid who we made a playdate w. BUT, last year I took her to someone from MDC whose kids had the pox, and nothing happened (and, foo, I drove an hour, too). I was delighted and a bit surprised when, at the very end of 14 days, she sprouted pox. (This was esp. surprising since the other girl was only 3 and didn't want to share musical instruments or lollipops, and they just played house together for an hour or so!)
So I posted on here and my local homeschooling group and we had playdates w. such nice people. 5 different families came over. They kids shared lollipops and recorders/harmonicas, and some even touched her pox. I just heard from the last of the mamas, and not one of the kids got it (and one of those poor women drove 3 hours to get here b/c there are no pox by here and she's been looking for several years).
She was def. still contagious. She sprouted them Friday night, and all the playdates were Monday or Tuesday. She kept getting pox after that, and now, 18 days later, is at the very end of them fading.
I would love some input here. Perhaps we can help others to help get/give chicken pox. Thanks!
I apparently had a mild case as a baby, and then got it again in 9th grade easily (was babysitting a contagious kid, and it's not like we shared food!). I don't know why it's so easy to catch for some and not others. Maybe more people than we think are immune and just didn't show visible signs of having it. DH says he's never had it but I told him he wouldn't know for sure unless he got titres checked.
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My second child we are in a paradox with him. He was just diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and him getting chicken pox not is a risk. Not sure what we are going to do. Well we are going to first see if he has immunity to the chicken pox before we decide anything.
These kids may have immunity even without actually having had the pox, they should have their titres checked.
If they aren't immune & are exposed, they may have strong immune systems that will fight it off so they don't actually end up with the pox.
I'm so curious about this too. Yesterday we tried our fifth exposure. Two of them were exposures where nobody got them from the poxy child, despite 5-6families trying.
Our kids have pretty healthy immune systems but there are four of them and you would have thought that ONE of them would get it. Especially since we kept them up late and fed them sugar beforehand.
The one thing I think I've learned is that poxy shirts and washclothes are a better mode of transmission than lollipops. Our last two exposures each got them from fabric, and one never even saw the child -- just got a shirt through express mail.
The whole thing is fascinating.
I've been hoping my kids would get it environmentally and nothing, so far.
amcal--6 times you've exposed your kids and no pox and nothing on the titers?! Wow....Now THAT stinks.....You def. win the award for persistence, though!
4babes--you're here! That's a really interesting tip about the clothing. Wish we had known that a few weeks ago....I hope your latest exposure does the trick for your kids.