My baby was exposed to shingles? shes a preemie!Should i worry?
- justanothamothaLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes. Talk to her Dr. Preemies do not get the benefit of transplacental immunity & you can catch chicken pox from shingles. (Transplacental immunity is mom's shared immunity with baby & happens in the last trimester & since that gets cut short for preemies it is incomplete). It is of some benefit if you are nursing her though & hopefully you have immunity. Shingles is LESS contagious than actual active chicken pox as it is not a respiratory infection the way varicella is the first time you get it. Even so, it is contagious to those who are not immune.
- 7 years ago
Ask her pediatrician and in the meantime just pay attention to any changes. As a mother, there's never a time you don't worry.Source(s): Mom of 2! 17 years apart! I've seen it all!