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I've been reading up on this & doing searches here and I'm a bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
My DD is 5. A friend is also 5 & just came down with CP. She (the friend) was vaccinated. My DS just turned 6 months old yesterday. My DC have never been vaxed.<br><br>
I explained as best I could to DD & she told me she is ok with getting CP now. I don't want DS to get it though. I thought since he was bf, he would probably be immune but I found several posts here this morning from mamas whose bfed babes came down w/ it.<br><br>
Question about my DD - Does it matter that this little girl had been previously vaccinated? Would DD be exposed to the right strain? I'm not clear on this at all.<br><br>
Question about my DS - My baby struggled with some respiratory issues and only is now what I would consider completely healthy. It seems to me to be too big of a risk to him but maybe I'm worrying about nothing?<br><br>
I'm torn. I'm going to keep reading up on this, but in the meantime - do you all have any advice?
 

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This might be a strain that was caused from a vax. So, it'll be a little weaker, but it'll still expose your child to the disease, so that's a good thing. My children got a strain that was passed down about 5 times that we know of. My 18month old didn't even stop going outside the whole time. He had a little fever on day 6 of exposure but then didn't have any fever or anything during the outbreak and it was a big outbreak.<br><br>
I would do it. It's likely to be weak, but it'll help with immunity.<br><br>
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I am confused. Was dd vaccinated for cp?<br><br>
If not, I see no reason why she shouldn't be exposed.<br><br>
Your son most likely won't get it or just a very mild case since he is bf.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am confused. Was dd vaccinated for cp?<br><br>
If not, I see no reason why she shouldn't be exposed.<br><br>
Your son most likely won't get it or just a very mild case since he is bf.</div>
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Sorry, I tried to be as clear as possible but had a bouncy wriggly baby on my lap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> No, my DC have never been vaccinated. The little girl who has it currently was vaxed previously. I wasn't sure if that was important - not sure if it made a difference. I remember reading somewhere that someone didn't want their DC to catch CP from someone who had been vaccinated.... just trying to figure that out.<br><br>
And I've been so careful w/ my DS's health after his sort of rough start -- the possibility of even a mild case of CP makes me kind of nervous -- but maybe a mild case would not really bother him.
 

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Was the little girl just vaccinated a couple of weeks ago?<br><br>
Or vaccinated a long time ago and the vax just didn't work, and now she has CP?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This might be a strain that was caused from a vax. So, it'll be a little weaker, but it'll still expose your child to the disease, so that's a good thing. My children got a strain that was passed down about 5 times that we know of. My 18month old didn't even stop going outside the whole time. He had a little fever on day 6 of exposure but then didn't have any fever or anything during the outbreak and it was a big outbreak.<br><br>
I would do it. It's likely to be weak, but it'll help with immunity.<br><br>
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Thank you Lisa -- I'm leaning toward going for it - but DH isn't currently on board with it so that's another problem....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Was the little girl just vaccinated a couple of weeks ago?<br><br>
Or vaccinated a long time ago and the vax just didn't work, and now she has CP?</div>
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Honestly, is it was me, I would probably expose your dd. However if you are not comfortable with your ds getting it,I wouldn't. I think your ds would be unlikely to get it, being only 6 months and bf, but it is not impossible. CP has being going around where I am recently. None of the babies under 1 year have got it apart from 1 (out of 7 under 1's who were all exposed.)
 

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If you don't want your ds to get it then I wouldn't expose either of your children.<br><br>
My dd was exposed when she was 5 yo and ds was 5 months old. At first I was thinking I just wanted to expose dd and not ds, but while we were at the "chicken pox party" a mother informed me that if you have two cycles of cp back-to-back in your house the second cycle is usually worse. I don't know how true this is...<br><br>
At the time ds was very healthy and ebf (so I didn't even know if he would get it). He sat on my lap the whole time and only had limited contact with the infected child, as in "say goodbye to the baby" to get him to breath on ds a little. My ds broke out with his first pox a couple of days before dd did. He did have a much milder case and didn't seem too bothered by any of it, but he did indeed get it.<br><br>
I wouldn't rely on your ds being ebf to provide him with immunity.
 

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You know, I don't either, but after I had chickenpox at 12, my Dad got shingles and it was pretty bad.<br><br>
We were both pretty healthy though (I was never BF however, but I'm pretty sure my Dad would have been as he was 1 of 7 in a poor, country family and born 60 years ago), and we were okay. No scars for either (that I know of -- I haven't seen certain parts of my Dad if YKWIM!)
 

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Then what the girl has is "regular" CP. There's really only one type of CP. Technically different continents have their own strains, but they're all the same thing and it takes genetic sequencing to tell the difference. CP is one of the most stable viruses known to man.
 

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I wouldn't do it if you're worried about your baby. I'm all for CP exposure and I'd almost never tell someone not to do it, but if it were me and I was worried that it might make my baby seriously ill, I wouldn't do it. Your baby would almost certainly be fine and even if he did have complications, it probably wouldn't be related to his other illnesses (unless they are the result of an immune problem or some other chronic illness) but that's just me. My 100% formula fed brother had it at 3 months and did not have any problem at all dealing with it, though, and my DD was heavily exposed (on a daily basis to two cousins when they had the rash) at 5 months and did not catch it. (We didn't expose her purposely. We were in town visiting when the cousins caught it. We couldn't exactly rush out of town to get away from it and I wasn't really scared anyway, so you know...)
 

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I would not do it. My kids had CP a few weeks ago--my vaccinated 5yo gave it to my unvaccinated 3yo. We had a few chicken pox parties and everything. However, I would not want to expose a baby who is recovering from respiratory issues to chicken pox. I had it bad, bad, bad when I was a baby. So did my brother, who was breastfed when he got it (at 11 mos.). If your dd gets it, that doesn't mean that your baby will, the chances since he is breastfed are lower but you never know. It just seems too risky with a baby with respiratory problems.
 

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Mamakay, thank you for explaining that bit about the strains.<br><br>
I am appreciating these responses so much! Thank you everyone!! We just now decided we're <i>not</i> going to expose her purposefully. (If CP's out here in our area & DD happens to get it by chance, then that's ok - we'll deal.) But we'll wait to purposefully expose them 'til DS is older. Hopefully another chance will fall in our lap like this one did! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Astromom-<br><br>
I know you decided not to purposefully expose, but I just wanted to chime in in case your ds or dd get cp anyway.<br><br>
My ds2 has been plagued with respiratory issues (diffuse airway malacia--laryngo, tracheo, and broncho as well as aspiration) since birth as well (born 3-07, so just a bit younger than your's) At 3 months old we rushed him to the dr with a fever (the fever prior to that had been a pneumonia and a UTI, so we were understandably worried) Dr couldn't find anything wrong and called it "viral". However, a week later ds1 came down with cp. I hadn't even known he had been exposed (and he was vaccinated...before we knew any better!) So we're assuming now that an extremely mild case of cp was likely the cause of ds1's fever the week before.<br><br>
So I guess my point is that you don't need to worry too much if ds or dd were to get cp... It's likely that they'll both come through it just fine!<br><br>
Unfortunately, since my ds2 was so young and had such a mild mild case, I don't expect him to have any immunities...so we'll be searching out a cp party in a few years!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Unfortunately, since my ds2 was so young and had such a mild mild case, I don't expect him to have any immunities...so we'll be searching out a cp party in a few years!</div>
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Severity of symptoms is <b>not in any way</b> tied to whether or not an individual will be immune. Some people are immune to CP after a case so mild they never had any noticeable symptoms at all (called subclinical infection...this is rare with CP, but it does happen) and some people aren't immune even after a severe case. How sick you become has nothing to do with whether or not you're immune afterwards. Nothing at all, although for some reason this is a persistent myth.<br><br>
Your son might not be immune, since he was so young (but again, not because his symptoms were mild), but he might be. My brother was immune after he had CP at 3 months. At least, he's now 25 and still has never caught it again, despite being exposed to it <i>at least</i> twice (and certainly more than that, although I only know of twice) since then. Our youngest sister caught it when she was somewhere between 6 and 8 (I don't remember exactly) so he would've been between 9 and 11 and we all lived in the same house. He didn't catch it then. He also didn't catch it when he spent several hours with my nieces who had it.
 
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