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I'm not sure if there is anything I can do at this point, but I thought I'd ask.<br><br>
I just found out that one of my dd's friends has chicken pox. Came down with them on Monday. We saw them at church on Sunday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Both of my daughters have already have them, so that's fine. But ds hasn't.<br><br>
He's 8 months old, and I'm terrified that he's going to come down with them and they aren't going to let him fly. If he gets them after the normal 2 week incubation period, he'd come down with them 9 days before we leave. Which MIGHT be enough time for everything to scab over, but might not.<br><br>
But if he waits 3 weeks before coming out with them - that's 2 days before we fly out!<br><br>
Is there anything at all I can do to prevent him from getting them? Has anyone else had this happen?<br><br>
We are going to the States for my brother's wedding, and I will be so upset if we can't go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Last December ds came down with CP 3 days before we were due to fly to Korea to visit dh, who had been gone for about 9m of a 12m military assignment at that point. Now granted, ds had an extremely mild case overall, but it wasn't really an issue. I was very worried that they would prohibit us from traveling, and there were NO other flights avail even several days later, so it wsas go when we had planned or not at all. Our ped wrote us a note that said he was under a dr's care and not contagious, but no one even questioned us. I dressed him in long sleeves and pants, so he just had a few showing on his face. For the flight, I kept a tube of neosporin with the numbing medicine in it and dabbed it on each spot when it itched (clean q tip each time). From the "quarantine" info I read as we came in country, he didn't meet the criteria for that anyway, as he didn't have a fever once the spots started. Hope this makes you feel a little better.
 

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Have you had the cp's before? And I'm assuming he's mainly nursing still, not eating mostly solids. Anyway, everything I've heard about infants getting cp's, it seems like they usually get very mild almost unnoticable cases. The few bf babies I've heard of getting them got like 1 or 2 pox and that was it. I hope that's the case with your little guy! Take a deep breath and hope for the best. What else can you do, right?
 

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Thanks for the replies. Queencar - what is the 'quarantine info'? I've never heard of that. I was just doing a search on the internet about chicken pox and flying, and it sounded like they would prevent you from flying if they realised.<br><br>
I had been thinking perhaps it would be a mild case, and long sleeves/trousers would cover it. But you never know...<br><br>
Wendy - yes, ds is still mostly breastfed (eats maybe a banana a day - he loves banana but isn't keen on anything else!). And I have had chicken pox (and was re-exposed a year ago when both of my girls had it). So hopefully you are right, and if he does get it, it will be an extremely mild case.<br><br>
It's so nerve-wracking to think about it, though. We do have travel insurance, thankfully, but we leave on the Tuesday and the wedding is on the Friday - so if I were to go late, I'd probably miss the wedding.<br><br>
I just told dh - he's offered to take the two girls on his own, if I can't make it! He actually started to offer to stay with ds, but then I reminded him that I'm the only one who can feed ds, so...
 

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Quarantine info--after we landed, as we first ented customs, there was a sign directing us to go to the health somethign or other if we had or had within the past 24 hrs fever, and some other symptoms listed. It didn't mention spots or rashes. Our dr didn't see it as any more serious than people traveling with the flu ( and he knew we were desperate!), thus the note.<br><br>
Oooh, look what I just found. <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/pdf/hguide.pdf" target="_blank">Public Health Screening at US Ports of Entry</a><br><br>
It lists what diseases are a problem, and varicella/CP is not listed! You should be okay<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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nak<br>
my dd has pox right now and my 5 week old is fine. from what i have read, the immunity that is in you, if you have had them, is passed thru your milk . try to nurse your baby as much as possible and all should be well=<br>
it seems that it takes a pretty long and close exposure to have this transmitted<br>
good luck and travel well........
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yes, ds is still mostly breastfed (eats maybe a banana a day - he loves banana but isn't keen on anything else!). And I have had chicken pox (and was re-exposed a year ago when both of my girls had it). So hopefully you are right, and if he does get it, it will be an extremely mild case.</div>
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From everything I've read I remember that if the child is being breastfed and the mother had the CP, he will get natual immunity through BM and at worst get a very mild case of the disease. The symptoms might just be crankiness.<br><br>
The best to you and happy travels.
 

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Thanks all! Sorry it's taken me so long to check back on this thread...<br><br>
I just found out that the girls' nursery also has chicken pox, and ds has been in and out of there when I've dropped the girls off last week. Hopefully he wasn't really exposed then, but just in case, I've started giving him Vitamin C mixed with breast milk. I'll keep doing that until we leave, I think - just to be on the safe side!<br><br>
Along with lots of nursing, of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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