Chicken pox risk to newborn

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Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby SharkiesMum » 20 Jun 2014, 10:45

T is 4 weeks today. My niece was round here covering him with kisses on Wednesday evening. She now has chicken pox. Should I be worried? I know chicken pox is dangerous for newborns but will he still have some of my immunity at 4 weeks?

I've called the nurse at the gp, waiting for her to call back - as advised on the nhs website.

My poor baby, please please don't catch them :(
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby FestiveTidings » 20 Jun 2014, 11:29

I had this exact scenario except the wee one was only 10 days old.

He should be immune if you are - the residual antibodies from the placenta and those from your breast milk should make it very hard for the pox to take hold.

So try not to worry xx
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 20 Jun 2014, 11:35

What FT said. TheWriggler had CP when TheBean was 6w old and TheBean didn't catch it.
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby SharkiesMum » 20 Jun 2014, 11:38

Phew, I hoped that was the case, I am definitely immune. Poor T, it's the last thing he needs.

Fingers crossed they both avoid it.
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby bigcatmaniac » 20 Jun 2014, 15:52

Chicken pox scare aside, how are things with you and T? Been thinking about you SM and wondering ....
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby oriel » 20 Jun 2014, 16:17

Zoe seems to have chicken pox – at least, there's pox in the nursery and she has several spots, though she's not ill in herself. Three days ago Zoe and I met our heavily pregnant new neighbour for the first time. I'm now hoping we haven't put her in danger! (They haven't moved in yet so I can't even warn them.)
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby SharkiesMum » 20 Jun 2014, 21:36

Hopefully she has immunity Oriel, the majority of adults do, right? Fingers crossed. Poor Zoe, hope she is coping ok with it.

BCM we are pretty good! I still get upset (very upset!) when I think about everything that happened. T is such a sweet settled little boy and A has been amazing and loves his little brother so much. I'm feeling ok, not back to myself but getting there I think. Thanks for thinking of me.
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Re: Chicken pox risk to newborn

Postby lordkevin » 25 Feb 2015, 06:08

If you do decide that it is all too much remember that your baby will still be happy and healthy if you give formula and there is nothing to feel guilty about. You have worked very hard at breastfeeding your baby this long and if the pain and struggles continue I think most people would find it hard to keep going in that situation.



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