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The opportunity has presented itself, and I'm wondering if I should go for it or wait until he's older. Anyone have experience with this?
 

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Honestly, I probably wouldn't. My kids had it last fall and my ds was only 6 months old. They were exposed to it without me realizing, even though I did want them to get it when they were older. Ds was miserable and screamed a ton because he was too little to know how to scratch himself or express how miserable he was. If I had to do it over again I'd wait until he was a bit older.
 

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I would wait. I could have exposed my now 5.5 yo when he was a baby but I decided to wait (I'm still waiting). For something like Chicken Pox, I want to be able to have a child who is able to clearly communicate where and what is bothering them so that I can best provide comfort.
 

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I'd wait til he's at least 2.<br><br>
I wouldn't necessarily avoid exposing your older kids now if they haven't been exposed yet, as I think the baby will be OK if he gets chickenpox now, but he may not develop full immunity from it since he's so little and getting most of his antibodies from you.<br><br>
So if the older kids still need it, I'd go ahead and expose all of them, but if the big ones already got chickenpox, I'd skip it.
 

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I wouldn't bother, your baby still has lots of newborn immunities. my DS got CP at 11mo and it was soooo mild. (less than 30 pox) he may likely get it again.
 

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One of my dd's got it at 6 months. It didn't phase her in the least. I don't know if I would expose a 6 months on purpose though.
 

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My twin cousins had it as babes... And they got it again at 6yo.<br><br>
Don't bother - you may end up with a double dose!
 

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I think six months is way too young to intentionally expose. My niece got a very mild dose of the cp as a baby and since it was so mild (due to her age?) she got shingles at age 7.
 

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I'd wait, for the reasons other posters suggested. Also immunity from bf likely would mean he wouldn't get it anyway. I exposed my DD at 12 months, like REALLY exposed her, and... nada. Twas the nursing IMO. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I wouldn't. That's way too young IMO.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wouldn't necessarily avoid exposing your older kids now if they haven't been exposed yet, as I think the baby will be OK if he gets chickenpox now, but he may not develop full immunity from it since he's so little and getting most of his antibodies from you.<br><br>
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DS was exposed at 5 months. He did fine.
 

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I got the poxs when I was 2, and then again at 10. Apparently it can happen if you are too young (?) or not exposed enough for your body to create the antibody.<br><br>
I would wait also.<br><br>
ETA: When I got them again at 10, they were so so horrid they were in my eye lids, nose, ears, mouth and 'other' parts. Not to mention the scars, cause I'm a PICKER!
 
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