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#1 Duck-o-lah

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

There was a confirmed case of CP at DS's daycare two weeks ago. He has been a bit off for the last few days, and I noticed a slight red spotty rash on his face yesterday, however this could have been a reaction to the new sunscreen I used and the fact it was a really hot day (heat rash?). His temp was 37.5 (underarm) but last night he was fine. Now today he has been sick and the rash has gotten worse on his face, and looks like it has start to spread  unsure.gif

So at 21 weeks pg and feeling a little unwell myself I am getting a bit concerned! I know I have immunity to VZ, and DS has been vax'd, but I'm still worried. I am booked in to the first GP appt available tomorrow, so not looking for expert medical advice here, just wondering if other people have had children who have had CP, does this sound familiar? If it is CP, is there anything that can be done for me and baby? I've read if you're going to contract CP whilst pregnant, this is a fairly low risk period, but I'm still freaking out. Aargh... not happy!

Edited by duck-o-lah, 30 November 2012 - 02:06 PM.


#2 Guest_divineM_*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

I had shingles (which is the same virus) when 10 weeks pregnant. was quickly put on anti-viral medication, just see your doctor quickly although if you ahve immunity you should be fine...

#3 maybethree

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

My then 14 month old got CP when I was about 20 weeks.  I was fine, but if in doubt, see your dr.

#4 idignantlyright

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (divineM @ 26/11/2012, 05:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had shingles (which is the same virus) when 10 weeks pregnant. was quickly put on anti-viral medication, just see your doctor quickly although if you ahve immunity you should be fine...

I got chicken pox at 11wks and they did the same thing. Within 24hrs I was feeling so much better.

OP, they are right that the time you are at in your pregnancy is better if you are going to get CP.

#5 Natttmumm

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

We recently had a scare with some friends kids coming down with CP and I was about 19 weeks. We were with the kids all day the day before the spots appeared. I had a blood test that showed immunity so nothing further was done. The kids didnt get it but i was nervous for 3 weeks afterwards.

If my blood test showed no immunity the doc was going to give me the antibodies I think but it needs to be done quickly so I would go to the doc asap.

It sounds more like hand foot and mouth (with rash on face - not usually how CP starts) than chicken pox but I would get it checked out either way. Both CP and HFM are around in our area at the moment.

I know its a worry but when we were going through this the OBYN wasnt concerned at all as I had the immunity which gave me comfort! He said it was highly unlikely I would get it and If I did it would be a lesser case. He also said the second trimester is the safest time too.

#6 Koobie83

Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:53 AM

This is probably irrelevant - but I can remember when I had chicken pox as a kid I didn't get the rash until I was already pretty sick... I can remember being tired and not feeling myself (We were on holidays and I just wanted to lie around instead of swimming and playing at the beach) and the rash, I think, broke out on my chest first and then went to my arms. I only had one pock on my face.

#7 Duck-o-lah

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

All clear!

GP says definitely not CP, but sent me off for a blood test anyway. Thankyou for your replies, it's always nice to have some reassurance with these things.



#8 Natttmumm

Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:42 AM

Good news!! You can relax now

#9 Duck-o-lah

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:40 AM

Hmmm... just got a call from the docs, she wants to see me about my blood test  unsure.gif
I was tested for VZ immunity when I started my job in August and I know it's all good (I ran the test myself!) so I wonder what this could be about? VZ serology was the only thing I was being tested for... worried now  mellow.gif

#10 Rosiebird

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

OP, any illness during pregnancy is scary but I don't think you have to worry too much before your appointment.

In a study of 1373 pregnant women with confirmed varicella (chicken pox), only 9 cases of congenital varicella occurred and these were ALL before 20 weeks (weeks 13-20 are higher risk). No cases occurred after 20 weeks. The risk between 13-20 weeks is only 2%.
http://www.perinatology.com/exposures/Infe...a/Varicella.htm

There is treatment available for varicella during pregnancy to reduce the risk of transmission

Hopefully the recall is completely unrelated - usually GPs will order standard tests like full blood count, electrolytes, liver function tests etc when sending blood.

#11 qak

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:55 AM

I hope you can get an appointment soon to find out.

#12 Duck-o-lah

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:05 PM

Thanks rosiebird, those stats are very reassuring! I had FBC etc done the week before, which is why I was so concerned knowing they only tested for VZ.

So anyway, I get into the doctor and she says 'how can I help today?'
'Ummm... you wanted to see me?' I replied.
Turns out she had attached a note to the results asking that I receive a copy of the results confirming that I was indeed immune to VZ. So they called and asked me to come in.

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She was very apologetic! At that stage I'd manage to work myself up so I was only relieved that it was just a stuff up. Turns out I needed a referal for another US down the track, so saved time getting that now rather than later.

Phew... again!

#13 Koobie83

Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:46 AM

Phew!

That's happened to me before too. I had a test done for something and she called me in on a Saturday (they hardly open Saturdays). So I brought my husband along with me - turns out it was all good and I didn't really need to come in at all. So after so much panic I paid for an appointment I really didn't need. I know how you feel!




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