What factors would protect a new baby from getting chicken pox?

Stay away from virus. As long as the baby is kept away from the chickenpox virus and anyone who has chickenpox, he/she will not get chickenpox. Newborns are too young to receive the chickenpox vaccine.
A few. If mom had chickenpox then she could pass that immunity to the baby. Keeping your baby away from potential exposures to infected people.

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Why do all babies get chicken pox? Is it bad or good and why?

Not true. Not all babies get chicken pox, especially lately. Due to the advent of the varicella vaccine, fewer kids ever get active chickenpox. Read more...
Nothing good. Since the advent of the chicken pox vaccine, most babies no longer get chicken pox. Aside from the severe itching that occurs, the lesions can become infected and toxic shock syndrome can occur. Other conditions that can develop are chicken pox pneumonia, or encephalitis. So, if you havent vaccinated your child do it asap. Read more...

My newborn has chicken pox, what to do?

See the doctor. See the doctor soon to confirm the diagnosis.Newborns have less immunity and are at higher risk for complications, see the doctor soon, it also suggests that you are not immune to chickenpox otherwise your baby would not have gotten chickenpox this soon. Read more...

Could babies be born with the chicken pox?

Yes. If the mother develops chickenpox in in the final week of pregnancy or labor, the infant can be born with chickenpox and may suffer a fatal outcome.(treatment is available) mothers who had chickenpox as a child or received a vaccination, will provide the fetus with protection and partial immunity for months.Chickenpox acquired at a few months of age is less worrisome. Read more...

My newborn has chicken pox. Please. What do I do?

Discuss with the doc. Depending on the timing this can be very serious.Those infected during or soon after birth can develop fatal complications. There are supportive meds available but need to be started quickly. Kids that become infected after a few weeks are less likely to have big problems, Call the doc now. Read more...

Can you tell me if babies could be born with the chicken pox?

Yes. A baby can be born infected with the chickenpox if the mother has them in labor.The baby went through the early stages of the disease along with the mom and emerges at whatever stage mom is in.These babies can be treated aggressively with varicella Immune Globulin (cdc) and or acyclovir. Untreated infants are at high risk of death due to chickenpox pneumonia. Read more...

What are the signs of chicken pox in babies?

Rash, fever. Chicken pox in a baby will start as a rash just as it would in older children. The rash often starts out on the abdomen, and is papulopustular in appearance. Itching is quite common. There may be associated fever, and upper respiratory symptoms. Babies may get quite sick from the chicken pox so if unvaccinated, should seek medical care. Read 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...

How dangerous is chicken pox in babies? I have a 5 month old who may have been exposed at the pediatricians office today.

Watch, wait. Incubation for infants and children is long- 21-28 days, but once past 3-6 months of age, infants lose any antibody protection mother may give from her exposure history to chicken pox. Any varicella infection is potentially life-threatening, but most infections in term infants with an intact immune system are mild...See your pediatrician for more information. Read more...
Depends. If it happens to the newly born it is evident mom never had it and baby has no immune protection. It could be deadly. If YOU had it as a kid, your kid may have partial immunity. At 5 mo, it is usually milder than those that get it at 5 or 10. Incubation ranges from 10-21 days with an average of 14. I would be observant & contact your doc if you think you see sots emerge. Read more...

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...