My youngest has chicken pox!

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My youngest has chicken pox!
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Sat, 05-01-2010 - 7:54am

Thursday night, Emily complained of a headache and went and lay down. I gave her a bath and noticed a couple of spots on her neck and back. She is allergic to insect bites- I thought she had gotten a few because she had been out playing in the garden.


Friday morning, she is covered in spots and has a fever! I thought- can't be chicken pox- she's vaccinated for them. Anyways- we go to the doctor and surprise- you can still get chicken pox even if vacc.


I called the school- Emily is the 11 th case of chicken pox at her school this week. 2 other girls in her class have been home with it. And they have had cases for the past 5 weeks. I know you can't do anything about them- but I wish the school had given a heads up.


I had to phone all my dc parents- they were great about it- a few had already had it, all but one were vaccinated.


My oldest had chicken pox at age 1.5 and gave it to me. My two middle kids were also vaccinated- so we will see what develops.


Emily has been pretty good about it- but she is "itchy" all the time anyways (she had sensitive skin), so she has been taking benadryl and using aveeno creme. Oatmeal baths help too.

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Sat, 05-01-2010 - 8:31am

You should have gotten a letter from the school. They do that here with all contagious illnesses. Just like you informed all your parents, they should have informed all the school parents. I would have asked why I didn't get that heads up. Hugs to your dd. I had chicken pox when I was 1yo. My 6yo brother went to kindergarten that year and brought home every contagious illness under the sun and shared with me and my then 3yo brother. My poor mom! lol B would get something, then 1-2 weeks later R and I would get it. But at least by the time we started school we'd had everything. :p I hope your dd heals quickly.

Btw, have you had anyone ask to come visit yet? Some people don't want their kids to have the vaccine and will actually seek out children with chicken pox to expose their children to so they'll catch it. That happens a lot around here.

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Sat, 05-01-2010 - 11:45am

Yeah, i have heard about "chicken pox parties". I guess when Glosson had them (15 years ago), I had a friend whose older dd had it, but her 2 yr old son did not. So she brought him to my house hoping her son would get it.


I know chicken pox can have complications. But speaking as someone who had chicken pox at age 26 (and I got it BAD- inside and out! ) I was horribly sick, with a high fever and a killer headache for a week and I ached everywhere. And the pox are bigger when you are a grown-up- so sometimes they pop -without scratching- and leave bigger scars. I think it is better to get the chicken pox as a kid and then you have immunity. I am so thankful that all my parents were understanding- basicly the attitude was that chicken pox was a very "normal" childhood illness and they all realized that you are contagious before you have any symptoms or spots.

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Sat, 05-01-2010 - 11:13pm
I have a few scars from when I had it, but nothing major. When our boys got the vaccine they asked if both dh and I had them when we were little. I knew I had but he didn't know. He asked his mom and she told him she couldn't remember--ask his older sister! lol He's the youngest of four and his mom can't remember squat about his childhood! :p His sisters were 12 and 14 when he was born so they remember more than she does. We don't think he had them, but no one remembers for sure. They said since we didn't know if he'd had them he shouldn't change the boys diapers for a couple weeks. Yeah, like that was a problem! lol My 16yo just got a booster vaccine and my 14yo will get one probably this month when he goes in for his physical. Our doc said they're discovering that the first shot isn't as effective as they'd hoped and that kids will need boosters as teenagers. Mine were 2 and 4yo when they got it, and that was within months of it coming out (required by my oldest's preschool at the time--I didn't want to do it because it was so new, but if we hadn't they'd have kicked him out--military thing). And yes, it is very nasty to get as an adult and can lead to major complications. It *can* lead to complications in kids too, but I do think it is a "normal" childhood illness. I do understand there are a small percentage of kids that have major complications and there are even some that die, though. Scary.
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Tue, 05-04-2010 - 10:52am

It would have been nice to get a letter - our school does that.

Deb


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