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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Charmaine | 2006/11/03

Q.

Chicken Pox in infants

I fear that my niece of 5 years might have chicken pox. Her sister is not a month old yet. What could happen to her if she gets it and what should we look out for

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Newborns very seldom get chicken pox as long as their mother has had chicken pox. The mother usually transfers a temporary immunity to the infant. She should still be protected. If she does develop chicken pox which is very unlikely, she must be seen by a paeditrician.

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