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We've been invited to a chicken pox party and much as I'd love to go and have DD get the pox, I'm not so sure about DS. Poor kid is only 3 weeks old and already has had my cold (DD missed this one) so do I really want him to have the pox too during his first month or two of life?<br><br>
Any opinions welcome. Also, if your DC have had the pox, how old were they when they had it and how bad was it for them? What age is best - I've heard younger is better cause they don't scratch as much.
 

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I BADLY want my 8 year old and 2 year old to get them but I would not chance it with such a tiny baby in the house. I would be begging you to mail me a pillow case otherwise. LOL Maybe in 6 months I will start hunting for a pox party or pox items.
 

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heck no! wait til he's older, mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i would skip it, unfortunately,, i had one to go to and did not, baby too young.. six mos is min age i would intentionally expose, ds1 had at 7, ds2 has not had.. i had at 33 with ds1 but blood tests say i am not immune !! i was covered!! but did OK overall... hoping for ds2 and 3 to both get in about a yr or so... good luck..nak
 

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We have been having this discussion on my local AP board too. What I have gathered from the info posted there is that it is dangerous to get it within the first 2 weeks of life. After that, a nursing newborn will get antibodies from mom and be fine, sounds like they are unlikely to get the pox at all at that age. If it is still going around our group by the time my baby is 2 weeks old I will probably expose the big kids... but obviously that is a personal choice.<br><br>
As for what age, it seems like the earlier the better. Toddlers and preschoolers seem to handle it better than grade-school age kids and it is supposed to be worst for adults.
 

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I don't think I'd do it. I had a chance to expose ds1 to the C Pox when I was 37 wks pg and I passed it up since I felt ike the baby "could come any day" at that point. I don't think it's good for kids so young to get it. Could you maybe have one of the mamas save you a tshirt one of the kids has worn and just seal it away for a few months in a ziploc bag?
 
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