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Truly awful chicken pox

(11 Posts)
whyno Mon 22-Jul-13 08:14:56

Thank you all so so much. Calpol is already working magic. Big difference. For some reason it didn't occur to me since no temp. Am going to do paddling pool next (he's refusing to get in bath) and will ask someone to bring us ice lollies too.

Big thanks for the piriton warning too. I had no idea.

BikeRunSki Mon 22-Jul-13 08:01:17

I feel your pain. DS had CP really badly this time last year, coupled with bronchitis. He was 3.9. DD was 8 months old, and her spots came out 5 days after DS's started to fade. We got through with dozing on the sofa, ice lollies, juice, toast, DVDs and stories. Calpol and Ibuprofen too. Piriton. Socks on hands. It was summer, but neither child had any interest in going out.

3littlefrogs Mon 22-Jul-13 07:54:16

Piriton will make him VERY constipated so encourage lots of fluids, ice lollies, stewed fruit etc, if he will take it.

Consider putting lactulose in juice.

Impaction is a real risk with piriton.

VegPatchLurker Mon 22-Jul-13 07:51:47

Day / night 3 was by far the worst for us here.

It does get better. Lukewarm bath with bicarb worked well.

Best of luck.

NewFairy Mon 22-Jul-13 07:42:38

Does he have/like a paddling pool? Set up in the shade, with some bath toys, and plastic cups, and let him play. The water will ease the itching, (can use lukewarm) and keep him cool. Then the playing will help tire him so he has a proper nap.

Otherwise, agree with previous posters, if all he wants is you and DVDs then go with it.

BetterToLaugh Mon 22-Jul-13 07:34:52

DD has just got over it, we had to caancel holiday so she was poorly and very upset.

The poxclin is fantastic I found. Get some ice poles and let him eat what he wants. Don't think the DVDs will harm for a few days.

Because it was so hot the other week when DD had them,I gave up on bedtime and let her stay up with me. Found she slept through because she was so tired.

Hope he feels better soon poor thing x

BearsInMotion Mon 22-Jul-13 07:11:57

YY to the DVDs and food, DD has been having bottles during the day again, which she hasn't had for ages, as she's turning her nose up at normal food.

catsdogsandbabies Mon 22-Jul-13 07:06:03

Calpol regularly too.let him eat lollies and watch DVDs. Mine had it awfully too. Was horrendous but brief. 2 bad nights only so you are nearly there!

patchesmcp Mon 22-Jul-13 07:01:03

I'd do whatever keeps him happy, so if that's DVDs all day then do that.

I'd try to get him to nap in his normal place which I presume is his cot, but if he resisted it then just let him nap on the sofa.

Keep him hydrated and personally I'd feed him whatever he'll eat even if it's stuff you'd normally limit. It won't hurt him for a few days.

Can't remember if you can give ibuprofen for cp or not, but if you can dose him up on that too.

Good luck, it's awful for them but better they have it when young.

BearsInMotion Mon 22-Jul-13 06:52:04


We have chicken pox too but not so bad, DD has been sleeping more though and taking long naps. No advice sorry, just hope he's feeling better soon flowers

whyno Mon 22-Jul-13 06:49:30

2 yr old DS is covered in awful chicken pox. Last night he woke screeching at midnight and has only managed 30 mins sleep since then.

I've got a DVD on, he's getting the full piriton he's allowed, and I'm rotating eurax, virasoothe and poxclin. He won't go in the bath but I did the oats last night.

Any tips to help us get through today? (I'm 36 wks pregnant too so not up to much independent thinking after no sleep!)

Will DVDs all day just make him feel gross or is it ok when sick even at 2? Should I try to gently do his usual routine in terms of meals, nap and bedtime?

Any tips very gratefully received!

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