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Her son was vaccinated for chicken poxs, but she thinks he has them.<br>
So, if he does I have my son thats 4.5 years old that has not been vaccinated that has not had them. Should I expose him? I know I want him to have natural immunity but now that he may be able to get it I am a bit worried.<br>
Also, alittle monkey wrench to throw in is that I have not ever had them but I have had 1 vaccine after I had my son they gave me 1 and I never went back for the 2nd. When I was pregnant they tested me 3 times to see if I have natural immunity and it always came back inconclusive.<br><br>
If we do decided to expose ourselves how long am I looking at being down with this and how sick? My son still nurses btw.<br><br>
Thank you for any input!!
 

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I would. just remember no advil/tylenol type drugs and no antibiotics. if you get them now, that's better than getting them 20 yrs from now from your grandchildren.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would. just remember no advil/tylenol type drugs and no antibiotics. if you get them now, that's better than getting them 20 yrs from now from your grandchildren.</div>
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Why no advil or tylenol?<br>
What can I take?<br>
Also, what about my 4.5 year old son?<br><br>
Any other input?? Im scared that my son and I will get it really bad and we do have a business that we run, my hubby can take care of that but he would be gone 6 days a week from 6am-5pm if I come down with this so not much help for us.<br>
I guess I also need to know how to try to get it from my sons friend he is 5 years old. He just got the spots yesterday and is starting to get more today. When is the best time to go "visit".<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Advil/tylenol is not good to take when you have them b/c of the possibility of contracting Reye's Syndrome. You wouldn't take anything -- oatmeal baths to help the itching..... read the chicken pox thread above -- great article there on the pox.<br><br>
You would expose your son by having him eat or drink after the child. You might want to read up on the pox before you do this since you still have questions. I believe there are several threads on this board (use the search engine and type in chicken pox). Good luck.
 

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misinformation about Reyes syndrome can be deadly. Tylenol and Advil are fine to take for pain relief due to flu or chicken pox(to avoid Reye's Syndrome, at least)--it is Aspirin and all Aspirin type products that need to be avoided.<br><br><a href="http://www.reyessyndrome.org/aspirin.htm" target="_blank">http://www.reyessyndrome.org/aspirin.htm</a><br><br>
People have other reasons for avoiding these products when having chicken pox (possibly they think it tampers with immunity?)--but not because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome. Do your own homework, people.
 

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i think reye's is only a concern w/aspirin...someone correct me if i am wrong.<br><br>
the best info i ever read on CP and antipyretic drugs was in Mothering. yk that statistic the gov pushed about the number out of 100 ppl that died in a given yr? the mothering article blew it out of water, after accounting for the number of adult deaths, the number of ped. deaths of immuno-compromised kids, and then out of that balance, how many kids took antipyretics. it seems that healthy kids allowed to experience the illness w/out interference had a very high, if not 100%, survival rate.
 

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Yeah, giving fever lowering drugs to children experiencing normal childhood illnesses interferes with the immune response, giving temporary relief but giving the disease the upper hand. When kids are sick they should be able to be sick!<br><br>
I remember once reading a doctor talking about illness who said that the germ or virus doesn't cause any symptoms at all. It is our immune response that causes all the symptoms. So it is idiotic to do things that disarm our side in the battle and leave the attacker a free hand to cause all the damage it pleases!<br><br>
Yeah to Reyes and aspirin.<br><br>
I think one of the dangerous things that can happen with CP if the fever is suppressed is that flesh eating disease thing.<br><br>
Actually, I had a first hand experience of what happens when the immune response is muted. I was living in Missouri and occasionally working in a cheese cold room, cutting and packing cheese. I didn't dress warmly enough for the cold space. One day I was out at a picnic and noticed that a mosquito bite on my leg was badly infected. Now, I do not, ever, get infections from injuries or bug bites, so this was truly weird. I was trying to figure out what was wrong and I realized that the cold was preventing/slowing my normal immune response to minor injuries and allowing bacteria a free zone to make trouble. After that I put on more clothes and, voila, no more problems.<br><br>
Moral: don't chill if you are sick!
 

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Well, I talked to hubby and we decided to not expose our son right now.<br>
We dont mind if he gets it, but right now we are so busy that if we both came down with it that would not be fun. But, we may end up with it anyways as my friend and I watch the same little girl each 2 days a week and she was exposed.. so who knows. But, we just are not going to go out of our way to expose him this time. Maybe next year?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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