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Author Topic: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?  (Read 4044 times)

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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2011, 06:47:56 pm »
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My college roommate got it at 21.  Her boss let her stay at his house for the three weeks, otherwise, she'd have had the spend the entire time in quarantine in the hospital or some such, cause they wouldn't let her go back to the dorms.  She was doing the exorcist vomiting routine, poor thing.
 My sister got it at 17 - she suffered for 2 weeks!  That's why I let my kids go through it, but they had it before the vaccine was out if I remember correctly.  They are both in their 20's now.
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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2011, 09:07:05 pm »
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I caught chicken pox FOUR TIMES! Growth experience my ass!

 
Right there with you, Lokabrena, though I only had it three times.  ::shakes head::  You'd think with all the public health issues we have with food manufacturers and suppliers that people could find something more constructive to do with their time than search for ways to infect their kids, well meaning or not.

I'd think the better course of action would be to work on strengthening their immune system so that when the kids do catch something - it's inevitable - they have a greater chance of fighting it off effectively.
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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2011, 10:07:40 pm »
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My sister got it at 17 - she suffered for 2 weeks!  That's why I let my kids go through it, but they had it before the vaccine was out if I remember correctly.  They are both in their 20's now.


I only had it once, at 13. Being the eldest of the four cousins (me, my sister, and my two first cousins (sisters)--we all went to the same school), I got it the worst. And while the other three missed the last week of school, I lost the first two weeks of summer. (Wretches. :mad:)

I'm sure my folks figured it was better for us to "get it over with", as it were. I know my mom told me at one point that the worse I had it, the stronger the immunity later. (Now, I only have to worry about shingles, because I have a compromised immune system. Yippee; another shot.)

I'll have to ask my sister if she's had my nephews vaccinated....
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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2011, 03:12:36 am »
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I only had it once, at 13. Being the eldest of the four cousins (me, my sister, and my two first cousins (sisters)--we all went to the same school), I got it the worst. And while the other three missed the last week of school, I lost the first two weeks of summer. (Wretches. :mad:)
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I unfortunately did not get it as a child. When my children came home with it at ages 2 and 8, they barely noticed (eldest itched, but not sick) - but mommy? I was in a feverish daze all through easter break, had to cancel guests (my sis was pregnant so her doctor told her to stay away from us), and my dearest hubby had the joy of caring for all of us. I got some sort of medicine for it, but my main feeling about it was "If this is how it is _with_ medication, I don't want to know how it is _without_!"

Seeing how easily my 2yo handled it, puts me in the 'make sure they get it as early as possible and get it over with' crowd. I was also told by the doctor that they did not vaccinate routinely for this, only if the child or surroundings were in a 'high risk' group of some sort.
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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2011, 03:44:15 am »
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Seeing how easily my 2yo handled it, puts me in the 'make sure they get it as early as possible and get it over with' crowd. I was also told by the doctor that they did not vaccinate routinely for this, only if the child or surroundings were in a 'high risk' group of some sort.


Elizabeth had it very early on-luckily she had a very easy time of it. Noel was 27 when he caught it and he didn't do so well. He still has the scars. I, unfotunately, have no immunity whatsoever. I have had it over a dozen times. I am never ill, just incredibly spotty and itchy. If they had had the vaccine when I was little, I'd have had it in a heartbeat!
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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2011, 08:15:59 am »
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 I was also told by the doctor that they did not vaccinate routinely for this, only if the child or surroundings were in a 'high risk' group of some sort.


Here it's mandatory for school.  Either you have to have the chicken pox, the vaccine, or a note saying that you've opted out due to "religious reasons" or you can't go to public school.  I guess I fall in the category of "crazy and extreme parents" who don't want to give their child the vaccine for chicken pox.  I would not, however, buy into a scam of a pre-licked lollipop because it's gross and also would be entirely ineffective.

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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2011, 03:43:11 pm »
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Oh, you poor thing.  three mild cases and one big one?  Or do you just have a lousy immune response to the pox.


Lousy immune response in my case. I still remember the itching and being told not to scratch but THE ITCHING! ARGH!

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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2011, 04:39:01 pm »
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Lousy immune response in my case. I still remember the itching and being told not to scratch but THE ITCHING! ARGH!

 
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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2011, 03:06:29 pm »
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http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/american-parents-caught-selling-chickenpox-infected-lollipops.html

I think that I can safely say no to this one!

 
The lollipop idea is obviously quite silly, but wanting your child to catch chickenpox young isn't.

I'm also not against vaccines, but I don't think all vaccines are necessary. If it doesn't have a high risk of death, leaves my child crippled, isn't required by the school...I probably won't take my child in for it. Getting sick is just part of life. If they don't catch it as a young person, I'd consult a family physician's opinion on getting the vaccine.

Getting chickenpox as an adult has more complications. I'd probably have my child visit another child with chickenpox in my or my husbands family so they can get it. Otherwise I hope they catch it from Boy/Girl Scouts of America, school, or something.

I should probably go in and ask if I need a vaccine myself! I kind of caught it when I was 7, but I only had 4 spots and they weren't even itchy. Our family doctor said I might possibly catch it a second time because it wasn't severe the first time around.

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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2011, 03:32:27 pm »
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The lollipop idea is obviously quite silly, but wanting your child to catch chickenpox young isn't.

I'm also not against vaccines, but I don't think all vaccines are necessary. If it doesn't have a high risk of death, leaves my child crippled, isn't required by the school...I probably won't take my child in for it. Getting sick is just part of life. If they don't catch it as a young person, I'd consult a family physician's opinion on getting the vaccine.

Getting chickenpox as an adult has more complications. I'd probably have my child visit another child with chickenpox in my or my husbands family so they can get it. Otherwise I hope they catch it from Boy/Girl Scouts of America, school, or something.

I should probably go in and ask if I need a vaccine myself! I kind of caught it when I was 7, but I only had 4 spots and they weren't even itchy. Our family doctor said I might possibly catch it a second time because it wasn't severe the first time around.

 
I think the problem with the chicken pox is that for *most* kids it's not a big deal - but for the kids where it IS a big deal, it's NASTY AS ALL HELL.  And you can't always tell ahead of time which it's going to be.

I knew a kid who had to have valtrex (yes, chicken pox is a herpes virus!) just so she could EAT because her entire stomach was covered in sores.  It really can be nasty.

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Re: Would you give your child a chickenpox lolly?
« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2011, 02:43:20 pm »
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The lollipop idea is obviously quite silly, but wanting your child to catch chickenpox young isn't.

I'm also not against vaccines, but I don't think all vaccines are necessary. If it doesn't have a high risk of death, leaves my child crippled, isn't required by the school...I probably won't take my child in for it. Getting sick is just part of life. If they don't catch it as a young person, I'd consult a family physician's opinion on getting the vaccine.

Getting chickenpox as an adult has more complications. I'd probably have my child visit another child with chickenpox in my or my husbands family so they can get it. Otherwise I hope they catch it from Boy/Girl Scouts of America, school, or something.

I should probably go in and ask if I need a vaccine myself! I kind of caught it when I was 7, but I only had 4 spots and they weren't even itchy. Our family doctor said I might possibly catch it a second time because it wasn't severe the first time around.

 
Yes, go get the vaccine BEFORE you try to give the disease to your kid.
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