DS has a few spots on his tummy today - we just noticed them in the bath - and various friends have had chicken pox recently, so it seems quite likely that it has got round to us.
DS is a very active baby and gets fed up of staying at home for long periods, so the thought of 7-10 days at home on our own is something that will drive both of us absolutely bonkers
So, is it safe to : - go shopping (we need to eat but DH could do it if necessary, I'd just have to put up with the wrong things being bought!)? - go for a walk away from people? - play in the park when nobody else is around? - have other kids round to play who have already had chicken pox? - have other kids round to play who currently have chicken pox? (if DS has it I would expect his best friend to get it)
I really don't want to make anyone else ill, but I do want to do as much as possible if he does have chicken pox...
My dd recently had CP and wasn't ill at al. Luckily for us at least 2 of her friends from nursery had it too. We shared childcare (they all seemed to have really mild cases).
We were realy lucky as it was when the weather was nice so we went to an open space nearby (basically a field freely open to the public) and took some balls and a picnic. There was no one else around and they were free to run around with each other. Another friend came along who'd just had CP (and probably given it to them in the first place!).
As for other children I told their parents as soon as I knew dd had CP and left it up to them to decide if they wanted to expose their kids.
We did go to the park too, but there wasn't anyone else around.
I wouldn't do anything. You shouldn't really venture out to mix with others until the last blister has gone (usually 5-7 days)...the blisters will soon turn into scabs and the scabs will take a while to go.
ds had it 1st about a month ago and it took 7 days till the last blister went..dd got it 2 weeks later and was the same.
Both though didn't want to do much when ill..esp dd (she got it worse..).