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Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?

Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?

Highly doubtful.: Infants seldom if ever get chicken pox, because they are protected for the first year of their lives by antibodies received from the mother. That's why children are not given the chicken pox vaccine until age 1. If the mother never had chicken pox or the vaccine, and thus has no antibodies, the baby would be susceptible; but that's a very rare situation these days. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Infant immunity to chicken pox, can you tell me more?

Infant immunity to chicken pox, can you tell me more?

Confusing question: Infants born to mothers who had cpx before pregnancy will have some transient maternal immunity to cpx transferred via placenta. This is somewhat protective in the first 6 or more months. Research finds infants don't make consistent immunity to a cpx vaccine if given before a year. ...Read more

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Son had chicken pox vac 11 days ago. Wen to bbq party today, some infants there. Are they safe?

Son had chicken pox vac 11 days ago. Wen to bbq party today, some infants there.  Are they safe?

Yes: Once in a while, a child who got the chicken pox vaccine a few days ago can have some skin bumps containing the vaccine chicken pox virus (not the real chicken pox virus), and could pass the vaccine virus to a non-immune person, who in effect would be getting a "free vaccination" but should not get an actual case of chicken pox. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Unlikely to happen: The spread of cpx occurs through airborne droplets & direct contact with infectious material. The uninfected parent cannot spread the virus through their own cough but might if they carried recently obtained infected debris from the child on their hands. Simple washing or sanitizing removes this threat. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

No immunity - no-no: Unless all lesions are scabbed over, if one has an impaired immune system such as a pt with aids, transplant, pregnant, or autoimmune disease on significant immunosuppressive drugs, it's best to stay away from the baby with chickenpox. Otherwise, if you were immunized or had chicken pox in the past, then you are ok. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Depends: Any immune child or adult can sit close to a baby with chickenpox. You will not risk a repeat infection as you might with strep throat. However, a pregnant woman who never had chickenpox would be at risk of infection & transferring it to the unborn baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same daycare as a baby who has chickenpox?

Is it okay to be in the same daycare as a baby who has chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a very contagious from one day before to approximately one week after the illness. One is no longer contagious once all blisters have dried up and scabbed. However, you will not contract chickenpox again if you had the disease previously. ...Read more

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My husbands friend has a baby with chickenpox . I'm pregnant & my husband recently hung out with his friend but not the baby, can I still catch it?

No risk, no worries: Unless your parents skipped your childhood vaccinations, you probably were immunized against chickenpox and can't catch it again. Even if not, hust hanging out with the father of a child with chickenpox isn't a risk at all. You could only be infected if you personally had close contact with the infected baby. On top of all that, chickenpox isn't dangerous to pregnant women or their babies. ...Read more

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31wks5days preg.Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated.May have been exposed.What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?

31wks5days preg.Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated.May have been exposed.What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?

Pregnancy & Chickpox: There really isn't anything you can do at this point but to wait. If you do get the chickenpox you will need to be carefully monitored to prevent secondary infections and fevers. The baby should be fine if these are controlled. Since it is a live vaccine you shouldn't get vaccinated at this point. ...Read more

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Can a baby get chickenpox if you have shingles and you kissed them in the cheeck ?

Can a baby get chickenpox if you have shingles and you kissed them in the cheeck ?

Minor risk: People with shingles cannot spread chickenpox through the air or a kiss.Only by spreading the germs in the debris weeping from sores. The baby is immune for many months after birth if mother ever had it or the vaccine. Incubation from exposure is 10-21 days, after which you know it was not passed. ...Read more

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My friend is nursing her 7 month old since birth, is the baby safe from a sibling having chickenpox?

My friend is nursing her 7 month old since birth, is the baby safe from a sibling having chickenpox?

Do Not rely on That: Although the baby definitely gets an immunity boost from nursing, it is not a 100% guarantee for protection from specific infections. Thus one should minimize exposure, use good handwashing etc. Also keep in mind, if the nursing mom has not had a varicella (chicken pox) infection, she has no immune factors to pass thru the breast milk to the baby. ...Read more

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Can I concieve from the 25th day (after 24 days)of my husband's chickenpox? I had chickenpox at the age of 6. Will it affect my baby if ?

No problem: Dads sperm are not be effected by the earlier chickenpox, nor could they carry the infection to the fetus. Since you are immune, there would be no risk to the fetus by conceiving at this point. ...Read more

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My baby is 9 months & has mild chickenpox as diagnosed by pediatrician; ppl been tellng me that she might get it again when she is older is that true?

My baby is 9 months & has mild chickenpox as diagnosed by pediatrician; ppl been tellng me that she might get it again when she is older is that true?

Chicken pox/shingles: Since she was not yet vaccinated against chickenpox( usually at 1 year) if she has chickenpox now and it is mild that is not to worry about. But the virus then becomes dormant in your body and can reappear in later life as " shingles". ...Read more

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My toddler's friend has chickenpox. They played 2gether 4 days ago b4 chickenpox appeared. My baby developed flu 3days ago, could she catch chickenpox?

My toddler's friend has chickenpox. They played 2gether 4 days ago b4 chickenpox appeared. My baby developed flu 3days ago, could she catch chickenpox?

Varivax: Most children receive the varivax (chicken pox vaccine) at 1 year of age. Wild cases of chickenpox are hardly ever seen these days. Check to see if she had the vaccine.Even if she is not immune, 4 days is a bit long, it is more like 48 hours before the lesions appear that they are contagious. ...Read more

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My babys baby acne is spreading on her body .. starting to look like chickenpox. .. help! (4 wks old)?

My babys baby acne  is spreading on her body .. starting to look like chickenpox. .. help! (4 wks old)?

Baby Acne: The baby acne is a common event that reflects hormones transferred during the pregnancy. While the baby is floating in moisture, the skin is will not respond, but within 1-3 weeks after birth they break out for many weeks until the hormone levels drop & the acne disappears. Keeping the skin clean ; avoiding irritating soaps helps If it persists > 3mo see the doc ...Read more

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5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

Probably too late: The difficult thing about controlling chickenpox is its contageous period. Kids are often most contagious 1-2 days before they break out & may have no other symptoms. You may get lucky & avoid it, but 10-21 days after first true exposure your infant may or may not develop the illness. ...Read more