too young for a chicken pox party?

Cheryl - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




We didn't do the Chicken Pox vaccine on our kids and I have been waiting for someone we know to have them and "share" with us. I think the neighbor boy has them but now my husband is saying our youngest is too young (14 months) to have them. Becuase she is still breastfeeding some he think she'll get my antibodies and not have a real reaction. That leaves her suseptible to getting them again. The book I use alot called Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Zand doesn't really say anything about trying to keep your babies away. What do you gals think- what have you experienced???


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When my oldest daughter was 4 she caught chicken pox and naturally my son, who was 9 months at the time got it from her. He wasn't bothered at all and just sat and smiled and was his usual self, just covered in chicken pox. He had a much easier time of it and I've noticed this before in younger babies/toddlers who get it. My doctor at the time also agreed as he too had come across a number of very young children - babies who just seemed to get over it with very little reaction. So, I would say, yes get it over with now.

Abbey - posted on 09/12/2009




I would say go for it too! A little girl in my local mom group has the chicken pox and my son is 22 months so I would love to do this but I'm pregnant and he is still breastfeeding so I don't want to put myself at risk. I'm so fascinated though, I hadn't seen chicken pox since I was little! Stupid vaccinations!

Melissa - posted on 09/08/2009




I would say go for it! It was amazing how popular we were when our kids got the chicken pox. We loved sharing them:)

Joelle - posted on 08/21/2009




My daughter was 15 months old when she had them. I don't think she even realized that she was sick.

Naomi - posted on 07/25/2009




hmmm. I doubt the antibodies in bm are enough so that she doesn't show a reaction, but every kid responds differently to the illness too... on the other hand, I doubt even more, that the virus will be completely masked/gotten rid of by bm antibodies, although they might mitigate any type of response, her body will also react if infected and produce her own antibodies

since the first cp vaccine is typically given from 12 - 18 mos. leads me to believe that at 14 months it might not be too young to get them.

but I've been contemplating this too, how young is too young? I'll be on the lookout for a cp party as well, but hopefully post 2 yrs but before 4.5

good luck

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