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ashleep 08-07-2005 12:46 PM

Hi, everyone! I have an unvaxed 10 mo old dd. Is there an ideal age for her to get CP? I imagine she wouldn't get it now since she's still BF, but when is a good time to try? I think I remember reading that the symptoms are less the younger they are. But is <1 yr too young?
Thanks!

SneakyPie 08-07-2005 01:30 PM

I had CP at age 9 mos and my mother reports it was v difficult -- couldn't keep baby from scratching, v miserable, too young to help baby through it w/logic. Also a friend's 2 children had CP at ages 6 yrs and 18 mos, simultaneously -- both cases equally severe, but the 6-year-old had some coping mechanisms in place so had a slightly easier time (though was sick perhaps 1-2 days longer). I don't really know what the answer is.

crysmomofthree 08-07-2005 02:12 PM

I had a two and a five year old with simultaneous cp, and they were both fine
crystal

Artisan 08-07-2005 02:18 PM

I would rather see a child over two and under eight get it. Fourish/Fiveish would be my pref.

ashleep 08-07-2005 04:57 PM

Ok, thanks. My mom just told me I had it when I was about 5, and it was over in 3 days. All I remember was itching, and laying naked on a towel all day next to my brother (he had it too), and covered in calamine lotion. Must not have been too bad.
Thanks again

Threefold 08-07-2005 05:00 PM

My dd got it at 9 mo and was just fine. In my experience, it was easier caring for her than my 4 yo, who also had them, though she had twice as many pox. But neither child was very sick and the worst of it was over in 3 days.

CarrieMF 08-07-2005 05:04 PM

My oldest got it when she was 2, didn't have any real problems. She was slightly itchy the first night but that was it. At the same time 2 kids(brothers) I babysat had it. They were 1 1/2 & 3 1/2. The 1 1/2yo was itchier, he'd sit and try to rub his bum along the carpet to scratch. My middle dd got it when she was 9months and other than seeing the pox you would not have known she had anything. She was covered, she had a bad case but did not scratch, rub anything, no fever or anything else. The pharmacist said that usually kids who get it when they're under 2 don't have a bad enough case for it to cause immunity but he figured my dd would not get it again because she had so many.

I was 5 when I had them, mom didn't know I had them until everyone else in my class broke out in them. She said I had 10 spots. I have been exposed many time since and never had them again. My sister was 7 and got them 2 weeks after I did, my 1 brother got them 2 weeks after she did, he would have been 2ish. My other brother(3) got them a few weeks later at the same time that one of my cousins(he would have been 4) got them. His older brother(he would have been 6) got them at that time too. The only ones who had a bad time were my 3yo brother & my 4yo cousin. We were camping and I remember them having the calamine lotion on them and oatmeal baths.

My bil(32), my neice(7 then) and nephew(5 then) got them 7 years ago. Only my bil had a rough time.

IMO there is no best time, each child is going to react differently. An older child may listen to reasoning on why they shouldn't scratch but they'll probably scratch anyhow.

christiab 08-07-2005 06:15 PM

I took my son to a pox party at 10 mos w/ after my naturopath OK'd it. Unfortunately, he didn't catch the pox, but I did!!! #$@# BF antibodies!!!!

The baby we were hoping to catch it from was 7-8 mos and had a really easy time.

HTH

mags 08-07-2005 07:05 PM

I think my brothers and I all got exposed to CP (my mom made sure of it) when we were pre-school aged. She definitely wanted us to have it before we started school. It was not too bad, I don't really remember much of it, although my one brother only got it mildly and ended up getting it again when he was in elementary school and my other brother kept picking at the pox and ended up with a scab that looks like a third nipple, lol. I think it would be more difficult with a child less than 2 yrs old, b/c they don't understand what is going on and I'd be afraid they'd itch and get an infection, esp at that age when they are still all over the floor and putting everything in their mouth and picking up everything on the ground, etc..


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