6 year old has been low-level poorly for a few weeks; coughing (especially at night), occasionally complaining of a headache (usually cured by calpol) and a mildly upset stomach over the weekend. Other family members have had similar symptoms.
Last night I noticed a small rash on his chest and back near his armpit. He woke up the in the night with a 40 degree fever, so I gave him Calpol and kept him off school today. He's laid on the sofa all day, barely talking or eating (all very unusual for him), with a mild fever and red, watery eyes. And now he's started complaining of pain in the area where the rash is... Dr Google suggests shingles.
Is there anything I can do for him? If I take him to the GP, will they be able to do anything (I'm not looking forward to trying to get an appointment)? Does anyone have experience of a young child with shingles?
My dd had shingles when she was 10 or 11. It took three trips to the doctor before it was diagnosed as they just didn't expect it in a child her age. The nurse practitioner who finally did diagnose said it was very obviously a shingles rash. They didn't give anything for it, she just had to ride it out but she was really quite poorly for a long time, she was off school for three weeks and she said the area around the rash really did hurt. It was suggested to us that it can be caused by stress which was awful as it was around the time they were being drilled so hard about their SATS. She mostly spent her time in bed as it wiped her out completely, and are very little as she also had a terrible throat. The rash also took a long time to go after she started to feel better. I hope he's feeling better soon x
DD had it last year at 5. I took her to the pharmacy, they took one look and said 'doctor now!' they gave DD antiviral cream to put on it and did calpol and nurofen regularly. DD still occasionally has phantom pains from it, it took 6 or so weeks until she was on top form again.
If he does have shingles then he needs to stay off school, classmates could have pregnant mothers who haven't had cp. I would only see a doctor if the school were unreasonable so that I had "proof" that they should stay home.
Arghh. So definitely GP then? If I can even get through tomorrow morning
Sloane and Gherkins had your DDs definitely had chicken pox? We're not sure about DS; when he was 11 months old he had a mild fever and a few ambiguous looking spots, and the GP noted it as "possible chicken pox".
He's not stressed, but I think he's pretty run down having had back-to-back colds since October. Poor sausage.
My ds had chicken pox at 6 and a half months and shingles age 3. He was misdiagnosed as having eczema at first and it wasn't until a revisit to the gp that it was correctly identified. They couldn't do anything for it really.
If the shingles rash can be covered then they are fine to be at school of they feel well enough as chicken pox can be transmitted only by contact with fluid from the blisters (it is not airborne like chickenpox pox itself)
Yes, my dd had had chicken pox, but so ridiculously mildly that I only realised what it was because it wiped out her whole nursery! I remember as she was 3 and I was pregnant with ds1 and freaking our as my mother is insistent I've never had it. She was ill for a couple of days before about 5-6 spots developed literally before my eyes while she was in the bath. All three of my dc have only had very mild chicken pox
My DD also had shingles recently, though only mild thank goodness. As pixie says, so long as spots are covered and feeling well enough, they can go to school. Mine missed swimming and pe for a couple of weeks, but couldn't wait to get back to school!
As they're only children it's possible the rash would get touched at school (no idea what child is like). My Dr told me to stay off work completely until mine went and it was on my back, was quite enjoyable as not much pain so I had a nice relaxing time.
Dd1 (14) had chicken pox at 6 weeks and had shingles when she was 2. She was really poorly and ended up in hospital with both.
A few weeks ago sil text and told me dn has shingles (he's 5) so I was all worried expecting the horrible illness dd had and pain she had long after, he was a bit ill for a couple of days and then his usual perky self again! So you do get varying degrees of it.
I would def go to the gp so they can diagnose if it is shingles or not, and make sure he hasn't got any further complications from it, if it is.
Do you have a pic of his rash? Could it be chickenpox if you aren't 100% sure he's had it before? Or a viral rash?
If it is shingles and the rash can be covered by his clothes then he doesn't need to stay off school once he's feeling well enough.
Oh and if the rash is itching him, virasoothe is amazing stuff!
I think we've got away with it. DS was better yesterday, and seems almost back to normal today. I'll probably send him to school tomorrow unless he relapses overnight. He's missed PE for the week so he has no reason to take his clothes off, and he's super ticklish so I can't imagine he'd let any classmates near his armpit!
Here's the rash; as you can see, it's small and all scabbed over, but does look a little sore (also I know he looks painfully skinny. I do feed him, I promise!)