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Old 08-02-2007, 09:33 PM   #1
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3 year old with shingles

Yes, I have 3 yo who was diagnosed today with shingles. Can you believe it? He actually had a very mild case of the chicken poxs when he was 7 months old. The doctor said it was that early exposure that made him susctible now. I read that children who were exposed naturally before 1 year of age have a greater chance. He is on Acyclovir. Hopefully he will now have a mild case of this. We caught it early. He had a cold last week, but I can't imagine that could run down his immune system to get the shingles. Has anyone ever had a child come down with shingles?
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:30 AM   #2
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Re: 3 year old with shingles

I had them at 14 years old. For your child's sake I hope it is easy on him.
As a teen, mine was a very painful "map" rash all around the torso and under arms. This made sleeping almost impossible.

I complained but no one seemed to realize how it felt... until my Grandfather saw me and he got tears in his eyes to remember his own experience with it.

I hope to hear that you have an easy time of it...good luck.

PS the marks lasted a lot longer than the 2 weeks the Dr. said but it did go away eventually.

 
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:44 PM   #3
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Re: 3 year old with shingles

It has been less than a week and he is on the mend. Apparently, the younger you are the less pain and duration. He had a 5 day run of a anti-viral and the sweet angel took every drop of it. (thank God it was banana flavored) He seem to only have pain when he slept on the affected side. The bad areas have crusted over and the lesser spots have faded a lot.
So all you mom and dads out there....if your child had chicken poxs prior to 6 months of age; they could get shingles in their chilhood or teenage years.

 
Old 08-09-2007, 01:26 AM   #4
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Re: 3 year old with shingles

I am really glad to hear it went o.k.
I remember my Grandfather was the one who said it was "the nerve endings are raw and reach the skin" my response: "yup, sounds about right"

Any teen or adult with this deserves all the sympathy and indulgence available, especially after a few sleepless nights.

 
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