I was looking at a chicken pox scar on my right arm this past weekend, thinking about how my kids will likely never have to experience the joys of the pox. They have vaccines for that now. It got me thinking about that whole concept of Chicken Pox Parties. That’s when parents would deliberately get their healthy kids together with kids who had chicken pox, to expose their immune systems to promote immunity.
If you read my post Friday, you’d know my kindergartener with sick with Strep. (The doctor later called and said it might be Mono, as well.) I sent my daughter to school and my toddler to day care, in hopes of stopping the spread. (Love how kids who don’t normally want to share are all about coughing in their sibling’s faces when they are sick…) Now, after my chicken pox thoughts over the weekend, I’m wondering, how many parents purposely expose their kids to illness to “get it over with.”
Were you ever part of a Pox Party or have you exposed your kids to illness deliberately?