So these are Mommy's thoughts: Chicken pox is quite a common one-time illness. Mommy had chicken pox before at the age of 9. All Mommy experienced was fever and pox rashes for about 1 week or so. No complications whatsoever. What if Juan Or gets chicken pox at toddlerhood? Wouldn't that be difficult for Mommy to handle? The crying, the refusal to eat, the crankiness and what not? If Juan Or gets chicken pox at childhood, then it's alright, but if at toddlerhood, how well can Mommy manage him? Are there any other serious complications if a toddler gets chicken pox?
So Mommy decided to look into the internet for answers. Mommy found this website to be the most informative and relevant. To put it in a nutshell, the article says that:
- chicken pox is usually milder in a child than in an adult.
- if one is to get chicken pox during adulthood, the likelihood of getting more serious complications is higher. And serious complications here are ear infection ( in 20 cases) and inflammation of the heart muscle, kidney, liver, pancreas, testes or various parts of the eye.
- some children are at higher risk of developing complications from chicken pox and these are babies less than a month old, children with poor immune system (such as leukemia, immune disease and HIV patients), children taking certain medication (e.g. steroids, immune suppressing medicine, chemotheraphy), children with severe heart and lung disease, and children with severe skin condition.
With these facts in hand, so looks like Juan Or is not likely to experience serious complications if he is to get chicken pox. So, currently, Mommy's stand is at 80% for no chicken pox jab for Juan Or and 20% yes. What about other mummies' opinion and experience?