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    "Pox Parties"

    This is primarily for those of you with children. I saw a story on the Today show this morning about how some parents are having "Pox Parties," for their children. A "Pox Party" is where one or more child has chickenpox and other children are brought over to play with them in hopes that the healthy child will get the disease. This is to allow the healthy child to get chickenpox and get it over with instead of possibly being infected as an adult, which would present a more serious infection.

    Although I have no children, I think that's ridiculous and would never do it. What do you think?




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    I'm not sure I would let my kids go. I hate sending them to a party if I hear a kid sneeze....
    But is it better than a RAINBOW party????
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    Kids usually get chickenpox anyway, so why rush it? I wouldn't do it

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    I wouldn't say that it's better, no.




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    Oh yes, I've heard of it, and many did this when I was growing up. I didn't take my kids to any "pox parties" but I didn't keep my kids separated any when they had them either.

    I found that for my daughter, when she got them from her brother it was much easier for her. Not sure why, or if that would be the case for everyone.

    That's one of those times when it's sooooo sad, you can't make them better. I have heard that is is very bad to have pox around a pregnant woman, because the fetus can get them too, and it is not good. Dunno if that is true or not, but I heard it all my life.
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    Just read a bit and one of the things the article mentioned is younger children often have less severe symptoms. While it seems bizarre on the face of it to intentionally get your kid sick it does make a certain sense.

    When I got it, age 3 or 4, mom made a game of it. Since I was feverish I was running around about naked and playing indian - proudly displaying my "war paint" of calamine cream. (and getting ice-cream) Nobody told me I was supposed to be sick which probably made a lot of difference. Don't have kids, but I thought I maybe that trick might work for some parents here.

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    I Can agree with this, My mother Kept me away when I was a child. When my daughter caught the Pox at the age of 3 guess who else got it...Thats right me... Dad at the age of 31. It was total agony, I wouldn't want to go thru that again

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    This is definitely an interesting topic. I got the chicken pox when I was younger and loved them, it was a great way to stay home from school at the time! haha...
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    I've heard of it

    I don't have kids, but I don't see a problem with doing it
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    Gee, I've never heard of such a thing and I'm the mother of three. I'm with you on this one, Buttercup. It's a no-go here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-42Adam View Post
    This is definitely an interesting topic. I got the chicken pox when I was younger and loved them, it was a great way to stay home from school at the time! haha...
    Reminds me of my senior year in high school. It was one month before graduation. I had perfect attendance. Can you guess what happened? Yep, those chickenpox showed up at my house.

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    My mom would always send me over to a friend's house to spend the night when she heard they had the chicken pox. I never got it.

    I think it's a good idea, just to get it out of the way.
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    I don't have a problem with it, as it seems like the chance for random exposure is much less these days.

    I had my son get the new vaccine, and there hasn't been anyone in our circle who's had them yet, so I'm glad I did.
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    I got them when I was 6 or so, and it was agony. My daughter got them as a 2 year old and she didn't even want to scratch, but she looked like hell. I just know there's no way in hades I'd want to go through it now!
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    My kids got the chicken pox all at the same time, but I don't see the point of sending them to to a childs house that has them, to hope your kid gets them to be done with it. I'm 41 and have been around people with it when I was a kid and never got it, and when my kids had it, I never got it. Never had mumps or measels either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimebytes2 View Post
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    I think it's a good idea, having just had Chicken Pox at my age, I can confirm I suffered more than my kids did when they had it when they were young.
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    I had navy flashbacks when I seen the title Pox parties......... Then I releised it was kids with chicken pox not Sth Est Asia................dont worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_au View Post
    I had navy flashbacks when I seen the title Pox parties......... Then I releised it was kids with chicken pox not Sth Est Asia................dont worry.
    Yeah, different beasties alltogether. This doesn't take strong antibiotics to clear up.
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