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Old 02-09-2008, 05:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have the chance to take my kids to a pox party, but I'm wondering if it's a good idea. DS2 is 11 weeks, and for some reason I feel like it's a bit risky for him to have cp (although it might be just all of the pro-vax propaganda still in my brain from years ago). If he did get it, wouldn't it then be incredibly miserable for him, and, in turn, me?

Also, someone told me that because he is nursing and I have had cp, he might not get it. If that is true, than it would also apply to my nursing 2 y/o? Does anyone have any good links to back that up? I don't have a ton of time to research it right now...

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Old 02-12-2008, 02:45 AM
 
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I don't know if this is still an issue for you, but I'm in a similar situation. I have a 14 week old baby and two older kids - 4 and 7. The chicken pox is out there now, and I have the possibility to expose them to it in a couple weeks (missed this last round, but still have contacts). I was just at my doctor's today for a well-baby exam, and he said it was just fine to expose him - that if he was under 2 months it would be risky, but since he's over 3 months, it should be fine. He'll probably get a mild case, if any at all, since he's nursing exclusively, so I might want to try to expose him again at a later time, but I really would like my older two kids to get it soon. The breastfeeding does help with some immunities, so who knows if your 2 y/o will get it.

Best of luck!
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:21 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks gwinna. We decided not to go for it this time, because I really don't feel comfortable exposing my 11 w/o to it. It was a hard decision to make, because I got a lot of mixed responses about it, but I'm sure that someone will have it again at some point that works for us!

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Old 02-13-2008, 01:26 AM
 
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In my house, when my older two got it, my nursling did not (he was about 7 months at the time, I think.) I don't think I would purposefully expose a child that young - I don't have anything solid to back that up - just mama's instinct.
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:39 AM
 
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My 5 month old and 3 y/o were exposed to it in Mexico and only my 5 m/o got it. It was definitely not fun, all sleepless nights, and now that DD2 is over them my 3 y/o woke up with spots this morning.

I read that nursing will help an infant not get it if you have already had it but my daughter got it. I would not expose an 11 week old to it.

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Old 02-14-2008, 03:55 AM
 
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Hi,

Just wondering if anyone knows of any opportunities to expose my 7 year old daughter to chicken pox. I'd really like her to acquire natural immunity, but I don't hear of anyone getting the pox anymore.

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Old 02-17-2008, 01:30 PM
 
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Last year my 10 week old got the chicken pox from his 2 year old sister. He was ebf and I had cp when I was younger. Our ND was shocked that he got it but everything was fine. He was covered in them but it was actually pretty easy. He couldn't scratch them!

I am just glad they are all done with that.

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I live in Albany Ny and was hoping someone had information on chicken pox parties anywhere near us. My infant is 9 months old, still breastfeeding and I want her to develop a natural immunity. Any help would be great
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