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can a 6 month old baby catch chicken pox if exsposed to someone with shingles? my grandmother has shingles and watches my baby

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Dr. Arlo Miller
14 years experience Dermatology
Yes, : Yes, until the shingles lesions have crusted over, grandma is contagious. Vzv vaccination is usually not recommended until 12 months of age, so it is unlikely that your child has been vaccinated. It would be prudent to get a different sitter until grandma's lesions have crusted. Complications can be more severe in infants; and fever, headache, irritability, tiredness sometimes show up a day or two before the rash does, so if you see these symptoms you should call your pediatrician. And of course, children with chicken pox should not be given Aspirin at all due the risk of developing reye's syndrome. If your child does not develop chicken pox, then vaccinating him or her when they are old enough is a good idea so that you won't have to worry about this issue in the future.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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