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08/07/2013 at 19:12
We had a BBQ at ours on Saturday and one family went home a bit early as their little girl went very quiet and then had a temp. Today she is covered in what looks like chickenpox. I am guessing she would have been contagious on Sat? If mine have got it how long do you reckon till spots appear? If they dont appear how long till i can stop worrying they've got it???
08/07/2013 at 19:17
Yes, she would be contagious and still be until the spots scab over. If it's been caught, IIRC spots usually appear somewhere between 7-10 days after exposure. In my two, A caught it a week after K got over it so those timescales were spot on for us.
Excuse the pun - sorry!
08/07/2013 at 19:52
I think they can come out in CP upto 21 days after exposure, my T got it 16 days after his brother (3 days after arriving in Spain lol).
08/07/2013 at 20:08
Spots can come out up to 21 days after exposure. She would have been contagious on sat, you are no longer contagious when the spots scanned over
08/07/2013 at 20:12
Oh blimey. Will look out for it then. CP you are a nurse arent you? Should i contact GP urgently if P gets it as she is only 10 weeks.....? X
08/07/2013 at 20:33
I was told it was rare for BF babies to get it under the age of 6 months but A did at 5 months. She had a really bad fever but no more than 10-12 spots. Not sure if there is much the docs can do but hopefully someone else will be able to clarify. x
08/07/2013 at 20:39
It can be up to 21 days and yes she would have been contagious on Saturday. Mine were 17 days apart in getting it. At the time I thought it was 14 days limit so thought we were safe but no.
08/07/2013 at 20:49
My son was about 3 months old and although he had a fair few spots, he didn't suffer too badly with fever etc. so personally I wouldn't panic unless she does seem unwell. x
08/07/2013 at 21:02
As everyone else has said, the contagious period is from a few days before the spots come out until they've scabbed over. The spots can take from 10 days up to 3 weeks to appear. I think it's only a real problem if babies under 4 weeks get it and yours would be around 3 months before she got any spots so it shouldn't be too much of a problem, unless she's very ill. I recommend a mousse you can buy in Boots called poxcin, which was amazing and bathing in baths with oats in an old sock run under the tap. A child came down with the pox at my eldest's b'day party, but only one child got it from there (and there were over 30 kids in the room) so she may well not get it. C was exposed loads of times without getting it and only finally did when she caught it off my neice.
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