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#1 of 10 Old 11-30-2005, 06:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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if you could pick the age for your child to be exposed to chicken pox what would it be? i know too old and too young are more dangerous, but not sure where too old and too young starts. thoughts?

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In my opinion between the ages of 4 and 13.
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My DD was exposed at 5 months and didn't get them, despite being around my 2 neices who had them every single day, from 2 or 3 days before the rash until 5 days after it started. I don't think 5 months is too young. My brother had them at 3 months and it was no problem. In fact, all the older relatives in my family said it was best when they were babies because they couldn't scratch. Since she didn't get it as a baby, I won't expose her purposely until she's 3 or older, because I want her to be old enough to understand not to scratch them. I was 3 when I had them. I remember it very well and I remember that I was mature enough to understand not to scratch. I don't remember it being bad at all, except that I kept looking at myself in the mirror and being sad that I was so ugly. I think I was a little vain.
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The nurse at my ped's office said that she and her sisters had them young enough that her mom put socks on their hands to keep from scratching and she didn't end up with a single scar. I didn't ask how old specifically. The tricky thing seems to be FINDING chicken pox, at any age!
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Optimal?
I would say 3 to 8 or 9.
But I wouldn't shy away from exposing my kids at any age.
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thanks. would love to hear from other folks, too.

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I was just thinking about this the other day!!

Actually, worrying about it is more like it.

My sister and brother and I all got it at once... brother was 5 and sailed through it. Me at 16 still wasn't all that bad. Sister at 9 barely remembers what it was like. I was just happy they appeared the day after my 2 junior proms.

Man, I need some pox for my DS!
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I have read that a child may have a repeat infection if exposed <18 months of age...
(edited to correct, a child may have a repeat infection if they have an infection <18 months of age... it appears the immune response isn't that efficient at that point in time)

this would also indicate that getting the vaccine <18 months wouldn't be as "effective" either.
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I would also say between 4-9 is ideal.
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My son had it at about 5 months. I didn't think it was serious enough, but he's 8 years old now, been in the education since 2 1/2 and last year a note came home about an infected child in his class. He hasn't had another case yet.

I had it when I was 6-7. Will any of my immunity pass to DS2 thru BM?
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