My 4yo dd has chicken pox! Only a few spots/blisters atm but I'm expecting more to come out.
I saw a post about someone's dd who was very poorly, I had no idea it could be so serious, so thank goodness I'll be vigilant now if she goes down hill. I'm hoping for run of the mill, regular chicken pox.
I have calpol, dh has gone out for calimine (sp?) lotion and tights to make an oat thing for her bath.
Any other tips for helping her be more comfortable? I know not to take her out in contact with anyone or preschool until all the spots are completely crusted (had the 'no you can't take her to the shops in case you come across a pregnant woman or someone with a weakened immune system' discussion with dh this morning)
I'd rather she had it now than later. How long roughly does it last from the first spots?
Virasoothe or poxcilin helped here along with bicarb of soda baths. Lasted 6 days for spots to start coming out here but my DD had a bad dose of it. She was very tired and off her food for a week though.
Eurax lotion can be dabbed on with cotton wool. We found it really stopped the itching for long periods and as it is absorbed, it doesn't go powdery on the skin like calamine lotion does. Bicarb of soda in the bath helped as well. Ours also lost their appetite for a few days, so lots of little treats to tempt them to eat. Otherwise , just cuddles and reassurance that she'll soon be better. X
We've just finished a bout of the pox. My ds was too poorly to eat for a few days, but he liked ice lollies, which was a good way of getting fluids in. Would recommend them as an option. Also, after a few days, your dd will feel loads better, but still be infectious. Good to find other kids who have had it for a short play date to break up the incarceration. I was mostly shocked by how ill ds was when he was poorly, and how long it's taken to get completely over it. Good luck!
My DS that is nearly 4 had it the week before Xmas. He had a temperature, wasn't interested in food and just wanted to sleep. When the spots started coming out he started to feel much better in himself. I told him not to scratch and we got some anti itch cream from tesco that is good for chicken pox called Eurax I think.
I didn't bath him for about 3/4 days as some people had told me that it makes them scratch, he was only at home with me so wasn't really smelly or dirty. But when I did give him a bath on day 4, I put porridge oats in a sock and tied it and held it under the tap when I ran the bath water. The milky water looked quite inviting really. Seemed to make him scab up quite well. He is fine now, all the spots apart from 2 big ones are gone.
I heard 7 days ill/sick, 7 days of spots popping up, 7 days until scabbed and better on MN and it was roughly right.