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Old 10-01-2010, 10:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Wasn't sure where to put this, but hoping you ladies will know something about this. I have the opportunity to get wild CP. My children are 7, 4 and 6mos. I am wondering if it is OK to give wild CP to the 6mo. Are there any concerns? He is exclusively breastfed, so I was hoping with that and his young age it would be mild. I know he might not develop a lifelong immunity, but would still like my older kids to get it. This is a rare opportunity. Any help would be much appreciated. I need to decide pretty quickly on this one.

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Old 10-01-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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I wouldn't work really hard on the baby getting it. Personally my comfort level is more toddler... but I wouldn't freak by any means. From my reading a lot of nursing infants just don't get it at all.

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If it's a rare opportunity, then I would definitely expose your 2 older kids! I'd try to keep the baby away from them during the contagious period (a day before spots break out until they scab over). Of course the baby could still catch it but think of all the infants who are exposed to cp from their older sibs (especially before the vax was out) I'm sure babe would be fine either. Also, my adult friend had cp when she was a newborn and she appears to have developed full immunity.
Another tidbit... whether it's cp or some other virus... We follow the westonaprice.org diet, or more specific, the diet discussed in Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. And by me eating this way, through the breastmilk, my nurslings seem to have super strong immune systems - Because of this, I wouldn't worry so much about my current infant getting cp.
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