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Old 03-12-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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Question Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

Our 2 yr old is now preschool now and Friday morning had red bumps on his collarbone. Well him and our other son and a Dr appt Friday, and the Dr saw him and sure enough the 2 yr old has chicken pox . He gave us meds to make the bumps fewer and last only about 3-5 day and not 2 weeks, but I was told by friends and family that its better for our 4 month old to get them now. I asked the Dr on Friday and he said its not really good and if he does get the bumps to call him and he will order the meds. I gave our older 2 boys the chicken pox shot, so they are OK, but just to be safe I am keeping them away. The 2 yr old was suposed to have the shot at a "sick" visit 3 weeks ago, but dad forgot to ask , nothing we can do now. He is now covered head to toe, no matter what that Rx said it would do, I mean in his ears, back, neck, scalp, toes, EVERYTHING! I am just wondering, since its airborn, should my 4 month old catch it, is it harmful??

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Old 03-13-2006, 07:09 AM   #2
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

I don't know how bad chicken pox would be for an infant but it would certainly be uncomfortable. I know when my brother had them, he would have been about 4 yrs at the time, he had a terrible fever with them so I'd imagine that could be bad. There isn't much you can do if he catches them but I'm sure your doctor will help you keep him comfortable. I know they say it's better to get them younger but I don't know if 4 months would be a great time.

 
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:06 PM   #3
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

Don't they have a vaccination for chicken pox now?

 
Old 03-13-2006, 04:57 PM   #4
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

yes, they do, but like I said dad forgot to ask for it for the 2 yr old and babys cant get the shot till they are 1. His pox are all scabbed over and hes done, the meds worked GOOD, they just showed up Friday and they are almost all gone! Our 4 month old has none that I see, thank GOD The 5 and 7 yr old got the shot and they have none yet too!

 
Old 03-15-2006, 07:09 AM   #5
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

Well the 2 yr old is clear and the 4 month old, still nothing

 
Old 03-15-2006, 12:45 PM   #6
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

Chicken Pox won't injure your little one, but getting the vaccine might. It's not permanant it wears off after 10 years. When adults get chicken pox it's WAY worse and sometimes fatal...
My ped will let us refuse the vax....

 
Old 03-15-2006, 01:52 PM   #7
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

The Dr said he cant get it till hes 1, so he didnt get it, our older 2 got it at 1 and the Dr told me that its good forever in 1 shot. Can they have another shot if it wears off? Id rather them have it early, that is IF they HAVE to get it

 
Old 03-27-2006, 08:43 AM   #8
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

Well the baby will be 5 months the 28th and has come down with them!! But the Dr said its ok, and better to have them now then later, we just keep socks on him so he dont itch! Other then that, hes good, not crabby or no temp, thank god!

 
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Re: Is chicken pox bad for a 4 month old?

We were told that because DS has cystic fibrosis is would be a very bad thing for him to get chicken pox. Issues with the cells/virus sloughing off into the lungs. So when he was less than a year old and someone in daycare came down with them, he was put on an antiviral.

Also, it's not a good idea to get chicken pox if you're an adult. Classmate in high school almost died and was pretty much out the last half of his senior year.

 
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