Thursday, 2 March 2017

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox seems to be everywhere at the minute. A friend's baby has had chicken pox then one of her twins now the other twin has caught them and suspected so has her four year old who is in the same class as Jared. We had a letter just before half term telling us chicken pox was doing the rounds now I might sound like an awful mother but I was glad it was going around. The sooner they get it the sooner it is done with, Jared has them just waiting for Eryn to get them. On facebook I have seen friends up and down the country also battling with the chicken pox. So I thought I would write a little post about what to look out for, what to expect and a few do's and don'ts.

What To Look Out For
Chickenpox has an incubation period which can last up to three weeks. Aside from the obvious sign which is the spots (see picture above). There are a few other symptoms 
  • A temperature of 38C of higher
  • Feeling sick 
  • Headache and Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
Many of these symptoms are symptoms common with many other illnesses. When it comes to older children and adults these symptoms can be a lot worse than for younger children. 

What To Expect
The spots will come and when they do they might be itchy and or sore. It's best to not scratch them as hard as that may be (I guess you could strap oven mitts to your kids hands). To ease with the itching you can bathe in lukewarm water, wear light and loose clothing we are rocking Pj's and onesies. There are various creams you can use to soothe the itching and I would suggest speaking to your pharmacist to make sure you get something that is suitable for you or your child. If your child is suffering with a headache and ache's and pains then it is safe for them to have paracetamol but again I would advise you speaking to a pharmacist first. Doctor's can give antiviral medication's for newborn's, pregnant women and those who have a weak immune system. 

Do's And Don'ts
Do make sure you keep them hydrated, they may also get the spots in their mouth which can become painful and uncomfortable so the cold drink may soothe this, you could also give them ice lollies (I'm sure there won't be many objections to that). 

Do keep your child off from Nursery or School. Each nursery and school will have a time scale for how long they should stay off school, Jared's school is 5 days after they rash has come out. 

A Bit Of Do And Don't A lot of people battle with the do I go to the shops do I stay at home. I personally wouldn't see it as a problem after all you have to eat right? I wouldn't take them to soft play and parks though which I think is pretty much common sense but I have seen people who have. 

Don't and please I mean don't give your child any aspirin based medicine.

Do try and get some fresh air.

I think most of the don'ts are pretty much common sense. I think it's best to keep your child at home with lots of movie's and plenty of good healthy food and drinks. 

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