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Is vomiting usual in Chicken Pox?

(6 Posts)
Overtiredmum Thu 12-Feb-09 20:05:23

My 3 year old DS has had his rash for 2 days now, has hardly eaten because his throat is inflamed/infected and has a nasty cough (although not all the time). He has been vomiting this evening and just wondered if this was usual?

MotherFlippin Thu 12-Feb-09 20:11:21

Yes - at least, it was with our dd1. She was sick a couple of times with it.

Overtiredmum Thu 12-Feb-09 20:17:09

Bless, its so horrible, isn't it? He was sobbing through the night because he kept catching the spots in his ears, although I think I was more upset, you just want to take their pain away........... only place he seems content at the moment is in the bath. Hes hardly eaten today but is having plenty of fluid so will just go with what he wants for now.

MotherFlippin Thu 12-Feb-09 21:27:36

Oh, the poor wee mite.

It is several years behind us now, but the memory does eventually fade grin.

Have you been putting any bicarb into his bath, in lukewarm water? It seemed to work well for our two - in fact, I spent a couple of days, each time, doing little except sitting beside the bath singing nursery rhymes until my rear end was almost completely numb, because it was the only place they were comfortable. And dd2 (also 3 at the time) was terrified of her spots, and of getting cream on. (I found Eurax cream better than the calamine.)

I hope he's on the mend soon, and then it will be gone forever.

AnnasBananas Fri 13-Feb-09 10:33:13

IME vomitting is not usually associated with chicken pox, but it could be related to the cough, as some children will cough themselves sick. Also Nurofen on empty stomach can make them vomit too.

DD2's pox were severe. I kept her covered 100% for for days running with Calpol and Nurofen (alternating each once every four hours as per paed advice) and also Piriton as well. You can safely use these three medicines together as advised by my GP.

It is awful, I know, and seems to go on forever. We had five bad days before she turned a corner and fever dropped.

Found the aquaeous cream with the calamine in it was better and easier to apply than the straight calamine. Echo above the bicarb in bath too.

bumbling Fri 13-Feb-09 16:43:50

On the bath front. Just want to say I got conflicting advice about plenty of baths and no baths. He had it last week and on Day 2 I put a slug of emollient in his bath, and then no baths after that till day 7. itching stopped overnight, no more calamine used. Spots dried up pronto.

Thought I'd just pass it on in case it works for anyone else.

Good luck with yours - it's heart breaking to watch them like that. And to cope with the temper that seems to accompany illness with mine.

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