Jump to content

Chickenpox and Christmas


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 ThreeBananas

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

Hi,
I have 4 kids, they have all been vaccinated. There is chickenpox going around their school and one of my boys came out in spots (diagnosed as chickenpox by a dr) 18 days ago. I kept him home for a week.

Today another one has come out in spots. As they are infectious 2 days before the spots appear, today is day 18 of the (up to) 21 day incubation period of contact with my first son.

What I am wondering is whether my other 2 kids will be in the clear after Friday (day 21) or whether the 21 day incubation starts again now with my second child's illness?

I am obviously most concerned about Christmas Day where there will be adults and a baby who have not had chickenpox. I am hoping the one that has it now will be not contagious by then too- 7 days to go!

Bloody chickenpox grrrr!  mad.gif

I will consult with a doctor on Thursday but just wondering whether anyone had any knowledge/experience in this area.

Thanks!

#2 ~~~

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

Would a blood test show if they were already infectious (but before spots appear etc)?

#3 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

No advice but must wanted to say I feel your pain. DS came out in spots last Friday and while he will be non-infectious at Christmas, I feel bad when I think of all the places I went with him in the two day pre-spots infectious period. This included lining up with other kids and babies for santa photos, plus two playdates with babies under 18 months. I have let the playdate mums know but can't do anything about the strangers in the santa line.

#4 mandala

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:51 PM

Try calling your state's MCH line. They were really helpful when DS was potentially exposed at daycare with working out the incubation period and whether other kids we'd been in contact with were at risk.

#5 B.feral3

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

I don't know the logistics but my DS had Chicken Pox at his second Christmas (1 year 2 weeks old). From memory, by the time the spots are dry, they are no longer contagious but don't quote me.

The worst thing about it was the I didn't get a Santa photo which I really wanted because his first Christmas he spent in hospital so obviously I didn't have one then either. If i'd put him on Santa's lap, every kid after him would have caught it!! The good thing was that he avoided the chicken pox immunisation!!

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

When DS1 (vaccinated) got chicken pox at kindy, he came out I spots on Thursday and they had fully crusted over by the following Monday and his teacher was happy to have him at school. DH and DD (both unvaccinated) came down with it on the same day just over 2 weeks later.

DS2 and I both didn't get it.  He was vaccinated and I had it as a child.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 18 December 2012 - 09:04 PM.


#7 Holidayromp

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:38 PM

I have natural immunity to chicken pox so no issue here.  DD1, DD2 and DS have all been vacinated.  DH had them as a kid.

Don't feel bad about who you may have infected because by the time the spots come out the most infectious period has passed.  There is no way you would have known.

#8 Beags

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

What I am wondering is whether my other 2 kids will be in the clear after Friday (day 21) or whether the 21 day incubation starts again now with my second child's illness?

I am obviously most concerned about Christmas Day where there will be adults and a baby who have not had chickenpox. I am hoping the one that has it now will be not contagious by then too- 7 days to go!
[/quote]

If your other 2 kids don't get it from your first infected child, then technically they could get it from your second child, however it's quite contagious and therefore I would think that if they escaped it the first time they would be in the clear due to having sufficient immunity from the vaccine, but no guarantees. The spots are full of virus particles until they crust over, so be careful! Due to being vaccinated they should have only mild cases and will hopefully recover quickly, for your sake and theirs!

#9 FeralZombieMum

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

Incubation period starts again, but they could come out with them at any minute.


About 13 years ago it went right through my DD's creche (before vaccination) and after 2 months, I thought DD was in the clear. She finally came down with them - I think she was the last one at creche to catch them.

A couple of years ago I had my other 3 kids come down with chicken pox - they all caught them off class mates. I think there was about 3 or 4 days between child 1 and child 3 coming out in spots.

#10 erindiv

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

It's going around here too, apparently. DD had them just recently but amazingly DS didn't. Have now heard of a few cases in my friends' kids.

I was told that once they crust over they're no longer contagious.

21 day incubation starts from the time the most recent one has become spotty. So every time a new case appears, if you have other kids who haven't had it yet, they are potentially contagious for the next few weeks. Then that starts over if one catches it and not another, etc etc.

I feel for you OP sad.gif I was glad DD's cleared up.

edit to add: DD is vaccinated but she still had a horrific case, she was absolutely covered on both arms and legs.

Edited by erindiv, 18 December 2012 - 10:07 PM.


#11 Leggy

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

AFAIK potential contagious period starts again with each new case, I'm afraid.

Apparently, my great-grandmother used to get around this by putting all 6 of her children into the same bed for a day whenever one of them came down with one of those kinds of diseases, just so it didn't stretch out over 3 or 4 months  rolleyes.gif

#12 clm1982

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

Oh no how horrible OP. Unfortunatly the infectious period starts again from each new case.

If it were me i wouldnt be going to Christmas lunch where young babies are concerned or even adults that havent had it. sad.gif

#13 red_squirrel

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

As others have said the incubation period would start again. I would also assume the other children will come down with it in the coming days weeks.

#14 ThreeBananas

Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

Thanks everyone.

Aarr its so frustrating- you think they are pretty unlikely to get these things when they are vaccinated but obviously not! At least they get a milder version but still so contagious! Its just the worst time of year for it.

Yes, think we will have to miss Christmas lunch sad.gif

I'm worried about my 5 month old actually. I'm hoping that he will get my antibodies as I am breastfeeding. Has anyone had any experience with how bad chickenpox in a baby is?

Leggy, that's an interesting strategy!

#15 clm1982

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE (ThreeBananas @ 19/12/2012, 02:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks everyone.

Aarr its so frustrating- you think they are pretty unlikely to get these things when they are vaccinated but obviously not! At least they get a milder version but still so contagious! Its just the worst time of year for it.

Yes, think we will have to miss Christmas lunch sad.gif

I'm worried about my 5 month old actually. I'm hoping that he will get my antibodies as I am breastfeeding. Has anyone had any experience with how bad chickenpox in a baby is?

Leggy, that's an interesting strategy!


My DD was not as young as yours she was 12 months when she got them, i thought it was a reaction to her 12 month jabs but nope chickenpox. Vaccination is at 18 months, dont want to scare you but it was HORRIBLE! She was covered in them from head to toe and her face was the worst, she screamed blue murder for a few days before i took her back to the dr to ask what i could give her so we could both get some sleep. Ended up getting Pain Stop which is like panadine forte for kids which made her drowsy and we all finally had some sleep. It was the worst as you cant tell them not to scratch etc as they just dont know. I hope your 5 month old doesnt get them but probably will. So sorry OP.

#16 cesca

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE
I'm worried about my 5 month old actually. I'm hoping that he will get my antibodies as I am breastfeeding. Has anyone had any experience with how bad chickenpox in a baby is?


DD was 10 months when she got them, DS got them around the same time - he was 2.  In NZ we don't vaccinate against chickenpox - it's still seen as a normal childhood disease, so no-one gets too worried about it.

They both had mild cases of it - their eczema was a lot worse than chickenpox ever was.

Good luck!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

'Chopstick Baby' born at 23 weeks

Given the nickname of 'Chopstick Baby' by local media, a baby born weighing 660g has survived a week outside the womb.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.