Spice Girl spawn swap childhood virus.
is reporting that "Ginger Spice" Geri Halliwell's 18-month-old
daughter, Bluebell, caught chicken pox from "Posh Spice" Victoria
Beckham's son Cruz. On the Spice Girls blog, Ginger suggests the
outbreak was inevitable since all the Spice Kids hang out together
while the girls rehearse. Girl Power can overcome most anything, but apparently not the rapid spread of the chicken pox virus.
Some parents throw "chicken pox
parties" while their kids are infected so that other kids can contract the virus (thereby avoid the need for the chicken pox
vaccine). But, pediatrician and friend of Mom•Logic Dr. Gwenn
thinks pox parties are a bad idea. "Touching a kid's oozy lesions exposes your kid to a big viral load," she warns. "If your child does contract the virus this way, their chicken pox
might be more severe and come with more complications." She says "natural" chicken pox
in unvaccinated children) is typically more extreme. Cases can last up to two weeks, and side effects may include vertigo, brain swelling, pneumonia, encephalitis, or even death. "If kids get the vaccine and then
get chicken pox
," Dr. Gwenn says, "Their case will likely be more mild and be much less of a shock to the system. The virus usually only lasts two to three days, and kids typically get fewer lesions."