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chicken pox questions

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katykatkins18 Tue 26-Apr-16 10:44:34

Two questions about chicken pox:

1. When should you seek medical attention for it? My big boy is totally covered (as in, there are upwards of 20 spots on his nose alone, over 100 on his face, etc) and is telling me he's really in pain and has a high temp of 39.7C, despite calpol and piriton every 4-6 hours, calamine, virasoothe etc. Naturally I don't want to take him to Dr if I can help it (both in terms of passing on CP and because they're already super busy today/tomorrow)

2. I read that breastfeeding gives the baby immunity, but how long does that last for? Both my kids were exposed at the same time, but only the biggest is spotty. The baby is totally fine. The only difference I can think is that the baby was exclusively breastfed until mid-January? He's just coming up to 11 months now and it seems unlikely he's still got immunity from me to CP?

Thanks!

AppleSetsSail Tue 26-Apr-16 10:49:04

My son was hospitalised for it, mostly because he had a history of eczema and was doing very, very badly. I think he was probably on day 3 of being unbearably miserable when they admitted him - he had IV anti-virals for about 4 days.

You have to just use your judgment - be conservative. I could see my son was unhappy but coping for the first 2 or so days, then I saw a deterioration. Call your GP and they'll call ahead to the A&E to let them to know expect you, they should have a room waiting so he doesn't infect others.

ohtheholidays Tue 26-Apr-16 10:50:09

I'd seek medical attention right now OP.His temperature is dangerously high if you've been giving him treatment and it's still not coming down.

I'd ring your Dr's now and see what they say to do,they may say to bring him home or they may do a home visit but he really should be seen by someone.

AppleSetsSail Tue 26-Apr-16 10:51:37

I agree that on the face of it, it doesn't sound good. Is he eating/drinking? Phone up your GP, they'll make time for a phone consultation.

katykatkins18 Tue 26-Apr-16 11:31:59

He's not really eating much, but then again he's 2.75 so that's not a massive change. I've just managed to get him to have a chocolate biscuit (yeah, all the normal rules are out of the window) and he's drinking but not as much as normal, which I'm slightly concerned about as he's got a bit of a runny tummy too.

Naturally he's looking a bit more spritely now that I've posted something, and his temp has slightly gone down, so I'm going to give it a couple of hours and then see about taking him in if he's not improving. It's more the change in his demeanour that's worrying - he's not a sit on the sofa kind of kid and he's run my entire phone battery out watching paw patrol under a blanket this morning.

Coldtoeswarmheart Sun 01-May-16 20:59:04

He sounds like he's feeling really grotty, bless him. Because of the high temperature not shifting I'd probably call 111 for an assessment, myself.

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