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    Default Mum has the Shingles

    Yesterday my mum came over to watch my 6 month old and 3yo DDs while I went to an appointment. When I came back she was complaining about a stinging feeling ion a rash she had on her chest. She went to the doctors this morning and has been told she has the Shingles and put on bed rest.

    Im wondering if there is a change my 6 month old or 3yo could now get the Chicken Pox? I know Shingles and Chicken pox are both caused by Varicella. My 6mo has had her 4mo needles and her 6mo needles are due on Monday. 3yo is up to date with all vaccinations.

    I more worried about my 6mo getting the chicken pox than anything. Should I just wait and see what happens?

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    I'm not sure how contagious it is, but my hubby had it last year quite badly and was misdiagnosed twice over a week before we knew. Neither me nor the kids caught it - if that helps to calm the worries.
    Hope your mum is ok x

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    I may be wrong, but I was of the understanding that shingles are not contagious, however chicken pox is.

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    Default Mum has the Shingles

    Shingles are contagious. It's the fluid from the blisters that come after the rash that are contagious.
    Hope your mum is ok. Shingles are nasty! I had them as a teenager

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    I had a similar situation a year ago. MIL was diagnosed with shingles a couple of days after we'd been at her house, and she'd looked after my niece in that time too. DD was 17 months old at the time, and the chicken pox vaccine wasn't until her 18mo needles. My niece was 12mo.

    We waited the 2 week incubation period with DD but she never got sick, but my niece had chicken pox for her first birthday and we couldn't go to her party.

    So yes, your mum could have given your 6mo chicken pox, and you'll have to wait 2 weeks to see. I don't know if vaccines are different in different states or whatever but in WA at least, they can't have it until 18 months. Fingers crossed your little one will be OK!

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    DH had shingles which lasted about two weeks all up....we were worried about DD who was about one at the time catching it but she was fine. He made sure he always had a tshirt on before picking her up etc as she was/is a real daddy's girl so no picking her up wasn't an option!

    Hope your mum feels better soon, I remember he felt pretty rough with it.

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    Yes its contageous. All up until her blistery rash has dried up. Had them twice already.

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    Shingles are contagious- you can catch chicken pox from them (you don't catch shingles).

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    I've had shingles. Bl00dy painful. It is contagious, but only when the fluid from the sore/s makes contact with the other person's skin. Unless she was getting the fluid on her fingers and then touching your kids, they're probably fine.

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    If it was on her chest it was probably pretty well covered so chances are she wouldn't have passed it on. It's possible though, especially if she touched or scratched it at any point. Not much you can do except wait and see.


 

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