Childhood Diseases

Posted by: shaz | 2008/10/07



My 4 month old baby has been exposed to chickenpox. She is not showing the symptoms as yet but will I have to have her inoculated against it for the time being? Or what must I do in the meantime? Since the whole family has been exposed should we stay away from work and should I keep the baby out of creche in the meantime? Please help.

Expert's Reply



If you have had chicken pox then you have transferred a temporary immunity against chicken pox to your baby. This usually lasts for about 9 months but sometimes less than that. It is unlikely but not impossible that your baby will get chicken pox. If she does develop the chicken pox rash then contact your paediatrician immediately. It is too late to give her the chicken pox vaccine at this stage. She should be kept away from the creche for the next 5 days.You do not need to stay away from work.

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Posted by: Kinnie | 2008/10/08

It is possible for your baby to get it. My sister' s 6 month old baby is having chickenpox at the moment, got it from his elder sister, would got it at school.

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