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Is breastfeeding safe if you have varicella?

Is breastfeeding safe if you have varicella?

Odd question: You have not provided the age of the baby, which is very important.If you got varicella, baby has NO immunity to it and if a newborn may die if not closely monitored and treated.Since you were contageous before you got the rash, baby has been exposed and will break out in 10-21 days.Case severity can very tremendously and baby needs close monitoring. ...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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I'm breastfeeding & want to get varicella vaccine.Only Varilix (Glaxo) is sold where I live - is it safe if BF? Consumer insert says contraindicated

I'm breastfeeding & want to get varicella vaccine.Only Varilix (Glaxo) is sold where I live - is it safe if BF? Consumer insert says contraindicated

Hard to say: It is clearly contraindicated when mom is breastfeeding an infant with compromised immunity.However; there are no studies on normal infants to clarify the question for them. Exclusion for at least the first 6 mo is probably the best approach, if not until age 1 year when we usually give the vaccine to infants. ...Read more

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I stopped breastfeeding my 4week old baby 2 days ago. My first chickenpox blister appeared 4 days ago.I am worried that my baby might get infected too?

I stopped breastfeeding my 4week old baby 2 days ago. My first chickenpox blister appeared 4 days ago.I am worried that my baby might get infected too?

Chicken Pox: Chicken pox can be a serious illness in young infants. VZIG or varicella zoster immune globulin injection can help prevent or lesson severity of disease. It needs to be given to your infant within 10 days of exposure. Contact your baby's doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I took excederin migraine and am breastfeeding my 9 month old (21lbs.) With chicken pox. Two pills is 500mg is that okay? When is it safe to breastfee

I took excederin migraine and am breastfeeding my 9 month old (21lbs.) With chicken pox. Two pills is 500mg is that okay? When is it safe to breastfee

Excedrin Migraine: Contains Aspirin and Caffeine not recommended for breast feeding. If you are taking this medication, pumping for 24 hours prior to resuming breast feeding would be safe. Try Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen which are safe. All the best. Who has chick pox? Because if you do, the baby has not been immunized and will likely get the same. ...Read more

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How long does maternal immunity to chicken pox last in breast feed babies? Afraid as my 7 month baby exposed to his father diagnosed varcilla. Pl help

How long does maternal immunity to chicken pox last in breast feed babies? Afraid as my 7 month baby exposed to his father diagnosed varcilla. Pl help

Several weeks: The maternal transmitted immunity only is protective for several weeks. A 7 month old child is not protected. If he has been exposed to his Dad he may get chickenpox. This would happen up to 3 weeks after the exposure. It is unlikely an early immunization would help. All the best and I hope he escapes the illness. ...Read more

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How dangerous is for a 3 month baby (breastfeeding) to acquire chicken pox? Mom had it on infancy. Is there a vaccine or immunoglobulin available?

How dangerous is for a 3 month baby (breastfeeding) to acquire chicken pox? Mom had it on infancy. Is there a vaccine or immunoglobulin available?

Not dangerous: A 3 months old gets enough immunoglobulins from the mother during pregnancy to protect till about age 6 months,if the mother had chicken pox as a child that means she has protective antibodies in her system and was transferred to the baby,rare at this age to have chicken pox,vaccination is available,but given at age 1, immunoglobulins are indicated for immune deficient patients, ur baby isn't ...Read more

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I have got chicken pox and am wondering if its safe to breastfeed my 4 month old baby?

I have got chicken pox and am wondering if its safe to breastfeed my 4 month old baby?

Yes: Cpx is very worrisome in the first weeks of a newborns life, but less so later. You were likely contagious for 24-48 hrs before you started breaking out, and baby is already exposed enough to get the disease.Incubation for baby would be 10-21 days, depending on exposure. Consult with babies doc if baby develops symptoms to see if meds will help him/her. ...Read more

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I had the chicken pox many years ago, is my 9 DAY old baby immune to the chicken pox because I breastfeed her?

I had the chicken pox many years ago, is my 9 DAY old baby immune to the chicken pox because I breastfeed her?

Yes but not from BF: Your baby is born with your antibodies to illnesses you have had in the past. These antibodies remain for up to six months, offering some protection. After that, the maternal antibodies are no longer present and the best way to continue to protect hour baby is to have all recommended vaccines. If you had a flu vaccine while pregnant, this also applies to flu. ...Read more

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Hi, How long does passive immunity to chicken pox last for breast feeding babies?

Hi, How long does passive immunity to chicken pox last for breast feeding babies?

? passive ?: The passive immunity a baby receives is in the form of IGG passed through the placenta prior to birth. This probably lasts about 3 months. The secretory IGA in breast milk has little to no effect on chickenpox immunity. ...Read more

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What are the signs for chicken pox varicella?

What are the signs for chicken pox varicella?

First day...: Fever, upper respiratory symptoms. By the second day you start to see rash, which rapidly progresses from a few bumps to many, many bumps. Within the next 24 hours you have sores in three stages: bumps, fluid filled bumps called vesicles, and scabs. Intensely itchy and highly contagious. No longer contagious when all the sores are scabs and no new sores are coming. ...Read more

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Varicella vaccination - is it recommended for adults?

Varicella vaccination - is it recommended for adults?

Varicella vaccine: Yes. There is a sure way of determining one's immunity level - a varicella titer done by a blood test. Adults need 2 doses, given one month apart. I often recommend non-immune parents to get the vaccine simultaneously when their one-year-old gets it or better still, at least a month or two before their child turns one. In addition, other non-immune family members should also be vaccinated. ...Read more

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How much time after my varicella shots can I get a meningitis shot?

How much time after my varicella shots can I get a meningitis shot?

Why separate: These do dot interfere with one another. You might just get both the meningitis and the varicella vaccine at the same time. It would save you a trip and would still work fine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a meningitis shot between the two varicella shots?

Is it possible to get a meningitis shot between the two varicella shots?

Yes: These do dot interfere with one another. You might just get both the meningitis and the varicella vaccine at the same time. It would save you a trip and would still work fine. ...Read more

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I recently did my MMR and varicella titers. how can I tell if I'm immune?

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I recently did my MMR and varicella titers. how can I tell if I'm immune?

Serologic test: Blood tests measuring the level of specific antibodies against MMR & varicella will do. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get a varicella titer at my college wellness center?

Can you tell me if i could get a varicella titer at my college wellness center?

Maybe.........: That would depend upon the policy at the wellness center. The titer itself is a simple blood draw. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more