Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Worried | 2008-12-04

Q.

Chicken pox and breast feeing an infant

Hi,

My sister' s baby was born yesterday  he has a few spots and might have chickenpox. (My sister had chicken pox 2 weeks ago). She has been told not to feed him colostum or breast milk for a week as it may cause reinfection of the virus.

This is all very confusing because I was told when breast feeding my babies that they would get all my antibodies.

Please could you give us a second opinion? The poor little guy also has a chunk of skin and muscle missing on his arm, the gynae said there were no amniotic bands wrapped around his arm. How could this have happened? and can feeding him reinfect him with the virus?

We are very worried and would really appreciate your advice.

Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your sister's chicken pox must have cleared up by now and she should breast feed her baby. I cannot comment on your question about his loss of skin or muscle, but please ask the paediatrician about this.

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