My poor DS, he has a nasty blistering rash on his back just under the shoulder blade which has spread slowly under his armpit around to his chest. He is fairly well in himself, but is obviously finding it uncomfortable, he tells me it hurts and doesn't like it being looked at. He is sleeping badly. NHS Direct suggested getting pharmacist to look at it, which we did and he said it does look like shingles and to give Piriton and keep it covered up, don't touch it or bathe it.
Thing is as far as we know DS has not had chickenpox, though I guess he could have had it incredibly mildly. Also DS is only 20 months and I believe it is very rare for kids to have shingles at this age unless they had chickenpox at birth or are immunosupressed. Thing is he had a measles jab exactly a week before the rash appeared, I though it was just a side effect of the jab when we first saw it (common side effect to get a measles like rash), until it started blistering.
Is it possible that the measles jab has messed with his system enough to trigger shingles (assuming he did actually get CP before and we didn't notice?). Just seems like a huge coincidence otherwise. I'm probably just paranoid - just feel for my poor little boy.
It is a possibility, but not presenting like classic CP - the spots are not all over and are not individual. The location and appearance is much more like typical shingles. However nothing is certain with these viruses it seems.
Was wondering if anyone else had experience of shingles in kids and how they weathered it.
My Ds had shingles when he was 2. He def had cp as a baby though, quite badly, caught off his big sis. There wasn't anything I could think of that would have triggered shingles. I'd imagine the timing with the jab is coincidence. Ds had his mmr at the usual time and that didn't trigger it.
All Ds really needed when he had shingles was plenty of tlc. Hope your Ds is better soon.
It is possible for children to have very mild chicken pox, so that you may not really have noticed.Your description sounds like shingles which follows a dermatome and doesn't cross the midline in the middle of his body. I would suggest taking him to your GP tomorrow to discuss anti-viral medication.Not sure the relevance of his measles jab. incidentally he will be infectious to people who have not had chicken-pox before. He will feel a bit under the weather for a week, just treat as you would other viral illnesses. Hope this helps.
Seasickgal - I don't know if there is any relevance to his jab, I'm just sad for him and wondered why he would suddenly be showing with shingles now. Obviously I've over-googled and worried my self about why his immune system might be stressed or supressed. Do you really think it is worth taking him to the GP - advice so far has been to keep him comfortable (and isolated) and sit it out.
Aciclovir reduces the length of time he will have the rash/pain and reduce the chance of him getting neuralgia,which can cause prolonged pain. Also I think he should have shingles documented in his notes.
ds had CP at 5 1/2 months and shingles at 3years (although was originaly mis-diagnosed as eczema and was given cream to rub onto it ). As he was wrongly diagnosed it was too late for anti-virals. He also continued going to nursery but as far as I know he didnt give anyone chicken pox - probably because the rash was on his torso and was covered up). We used piriton and acqueous calamine cream.
Well, I took him to the GP this morning. It is definitely shingles, and as seasickgal predicited we were indeed prescribed Aciclovir. Had to spend the rest of the day tracking some down though, because they don't keep the oral suspension in routinely. Superdrug managed to order some in for me to be delivered same day . The GP stopped short of getting bloods taken because although it is very unusual at this age he does seem otherwise OK in himself. We have to go back on Monday.
So hopefully this is just some rare but random event and he'll be feeling better soon. The rash is still red and angry looking with horrid blisters so I don't think we'll be getting much sleep for the next few days .
My friend's ds had shingles aged 2 (he had chicken pox very, very mildly as a 6 month old baby). He had it quite mildly, but was treated similarly to your ds - the GP said children, if they get shingles, tend to get it very mildly.
I had it last September, not fun - then again, I'm definitely not a child
Hope your ds is better soon, and that you all get more sleep than you expect.
My DD had shingles at two. I missed her having CP though but she must have had a mild form at some point. She has just had another bout which has been kicked off by a glandular fever relapse. Luckily, it was the itch that bugged her and she had no pain. She is fine now but I have been advised to take her to a 'specialist' as it's unusual for a child to have shingles once let alone twice! Hope your DS is feeling better now.
Thanks for your story Buddha, at least we are not the only ones (small consolation to you though). Sorry for your DD though I'm glad that kids don't get the pain response that adults do for shingles, just the itch seems to have been bad enough.
We took DS back to docs this morning, the spots are scabbing over and the inflammation dying down, still looks nasty though. They have now decided to do a blood test after all, just because it is so unusual to get shingles without any underlying trigger. Hopefully that will set all our minds at rest.