I know a 10 month old whose father has an outbreak of shingles. Her pediatrician said she was sure to get cp and not to be around other children for 3 weeks.<br><br>
I really want my girls to get chicken pox. How do I time it right?
When the baby has cp, put all the kids that you want to expose, in the tub together. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
Well first off it's much harder to get chicken pox from someone with shingles. I currently have shingles (which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy btw, worst than labor pain IMO) so I've done a lot of reading on it hoping to expose my 3 yr old. In order for the baby to get the pox they will have to come in direct contact with the shingles blisters before they crust over.<br><br>
So, now, if the baby does get the pox it shouldn't be that hard to expose your own kids. Chicken pox (from another person with chicken pox, not shingles) is spread by direct contact with the blisters but also by saliva, sneezing, coughing, etc. If that 10 mos old drools like mine did it should be pretty easy to pass it! As soon as the spots show up, or even if the baby comes down with a fever and general cold like symptoms before you see spots, have them all play with some toys together...esp ones the 10 mos old has gummed. If the 10 mos old uses a sippy cup or can use a straw they can share a drink, etc. A whistle is a good thing to pass around sometimes.<br><br>
The incubation period for the pox is anywhere from 7-21 days...the stuff I read varies quite a bit on that but that is the wide range...the average answer seemed to be 10-16 days, so you've probably got 2 weeks before you'll know if the baby got it.