The emergence of chickenpox in babies that already have been born, poses no risk. Chickenpox in babies even occur in a milder form, even though babies have not developed sufficient antibodies. During the first year, babies are protected by the antibodies they inherited from the mother. There is a chance that babies who are unable to develop sufficient antibodies against the chickenpox virus, could contract chickenpox later in life when they are adults. The discomfort associated with chickenpox can be relieved using HeltiQ ChickenPox.
The emergence of chickenpox to new-borns is a risk when the mother has contracted the disease in the days prior to giving birth. The chickenpox virus is then transferred via the placenta to the unborn child. The antibodies that the mother creates at a later stage no longer reach the baby through the placenta after birth. This could result in a life-threatening complication.