Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Candy Mom | 2012/04/05

Q.

Chicken pox

Dear Doc,
How do I prevent or minimise the risk of my son contracting chicken pox? Im currently 27 weeks into my pregnancy and was tested for chicken pox. Tests confirmed that I had it and are immune. My son never had it. I was advised by my doctor to prevent my son from contracting the virus but how? My nephew which stays on the same dwelling as us had it 2 weeks ago and his sister was diagnosed yesterday. How do i prevent my son from contracting the virus?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You do not mention your son's age.You are immune to getting chicken pox, but you are pregnant.it is highly unlikely that you will get chicken pox again. There is no readily available preventer that can be offered to your son at this stage.If he should get chicken pox then he should immediately be treated on an anti-viral medicine called Aciclovir to reduce the severity of the illness. It may be a good idea for him to have the chicken pox vaccination as he has not had chicken pox and is being exposed to this illness.

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Posted by: Jen | 2012/04/05

They can still get it if they have had the vaccine, it usually just presents itself in a much milder manner and usually not as serious as it could be. Keep him away from the others, it is the fluid in the blister/sores that is infectious so they must not come into contact with each other.

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Posted by: Candy Mom | 2012/04/05

I meant to say my nephew and niece. My little one is too young to be an uncle.
Sorry

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Posted by: Candy Mom | 2012/04/05

Thank you Purple. My son is vaccinated against chicken pox. So is his nephew and niece but they still contracted the virus.

Reply to Candy Mom
Posted by: Purple | 2012/04/05

vaccinating your child against chicken pox would prevent him from getting it.

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