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Severe Chicken pox -- what should I do -- can it get serious?

(11 Posts)
mulranno Mon 01-Jun-09 20:30:45

My kids have come down with CP over the past few weeks. 3yr old had standard response...7 and 8 year olds very ill...blisters in mouth, throat, eyes lips etc unable to eat or drink only suck ice cubes. their temp was raging for 4 days, they screamed all night..gave a cocktail of para, brufen and piriton on max dose...but still very poorly..had to give them bicarbonate of soda baths in the middle of night to distract/sooth them. These 2 have now recovered...but 11 year old has just gone down with it...I expect him to be worse as he is older...is there more that I could do?...is there any point bringing to GP?...or should we just tough it out again?...is there any point when complications can develop -- or it becomes more serious?...Really worried about the oldest one now -- I have never seen my children so ill before...any advice please

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 01-Jun-09 22:06:19

The GP could work out the maximum doses of medicine that your ds can have based on his weight - this could well be more than is stated on the bottle so it might be worth giving them a call.

Hopefully your fears will be unfounded and he won't get it a bad as your middle 2 dc.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 01-Jun-09 22:09:29

I'd say call the GP out if you are worried. There are other things that Chicken pox can cause. My brother gave it to us when I was 13, my older brother was 15 and he had it really badly. He was fine though.

mulranno Mon 01-Jun-09 23:33:19

What else can CP cause FBGB? He is delerious at the moment - what should I do with him

pickupthismess Mon 01-Jun-09 23:49:02

How awful. I just phoned NHS direct for my DS1 also hysterical with CP. Nothing to be done apparently.

However, I would say I had CP at 14 (for 2nd time) and it was so so bad that I was hyperventilating. My parents called out a doctor and he gave me a strong sedative. So maybe worth speaking to an out of hours doc for advice.

pickupthismess Mon 01-Jun-09 23:49:04

How awful. I just phoned NHS direct for my DS1 also hysterical with CP. Nothing to be done apparently.

However, I would say I had CP at 14 (for 2nd time) and it was so so bad that I was hyperventilating. My parents called out a doctor and he gave me a strong sedative. So maybe worth speaking to an out of hours doc for advice.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 01-Jun-09 23:52:41

dermatology.about.com/cs/chickenpox/a/chickencomp.

See the bacterial infections. Do get him checked if he's like this. If NHS direct won't put you through to the out of hours GP then call A&E and see what they say.

Pinkjenny Tue 02-Jun-09 03:48:29

Dd is really suffering and she is only 2. We are dosing her with Calprofen but she is literally on fire, and has been for hours. She has gone downstairs with dh now for ice cubes and has just been a bit sick. I took her to the GP today who said we just needed to ride it out.

mulranno Tue 02-Jun-09 12:30:47

Hi PinkJenny -- get calpol and calprofen down her also piriton syrup...it tastes foul but mix all 3 together top keep fever and itching down

donnymouse Tue 02-Jun-09 13:21:36

I had it a 15 and it was not a problem at all. You should not give ibroprufen with the chicken pox virus, it has been linked to causing that flesh eating disease. There is even a warning on the makers website about it.

Pinkjenny Tue 02-Jun-09 14:55:46

I think that's aspirin, actually.

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