Generally - day 1 very slight spots (easy to miss -- in fact he might have had those yesterday) day 2 very definite chicken pox spots day 3 LOTS of very definite chicken pox spots day 4 (in a mild case) more new spots, but not as many new ones as the day before (in a less mild case LOTS and LOTS of definite chicken pox spots)
then first spots start to crust over and number of new spots starts to decline. My DCs had pretty mild cases and I don't think they got any new spots after day 5; all were crusted over by day 7/8.
I gave a double dose of Piriton at night (didn't give any in the day so double dose once a day was OK) to sooth itching and help them sleep. Bicarb in the bath was definitely a lifesaver. Also a range of things to plaster on them -- DD liked Poxclin which is a sort of mousse thing specifically for the pox, while DS prefered aloe vera or witch hazel cooling gels.
Hi - both of mine (DS1 aged nearly 3, DS2 12 weeks old) have just had it, from first spots appearing to all spots being scabbed over was about a week to 9 days. Bicarb in the bath is great, or put some porridge oats in a muslin and put them in the bath, that really helps too. Also I discovered that you can get aqueous calamine cream which isn't so drying - brilliant for a little one. Good luck!
DD didn't really seem to itch at all, although she was covered and pretty poorly with it. We did the bicarb and porridge oats in every bath too (well, the porridge oats in a stocking hung under the hot tap whilst it ran).
You could use Piriton (antihistamine) in conjunction with Calpol and Nurofen if he becomes very unhappy and uncomfortable with it. Have them on standby just in case.
You'll probably find it gets worse over the next two days or so. It might be a mild case but just warning you he might be very unhappy/fever/crying for a couple of nights. My DD's had a mild case and a severe case each so you never know how it's going to go.
Aqueous cream+calamine is much easier to apply than calamine lotion.
Hi my 2year is on his forth day of chicken poxs and he has been very poory with it n coveref with spots and still coming out he has barely moved off the sofa is it normal for him to be so ill with chicken poxs x
Just noticed my son had chickenpox yesterday and today he has alot more. I put camomile lotion on him. Is there anything else i can use ? And how long before they go away as we go on holiday in 6 days and hoping hes better for then
Lisakaur1 you might have more luck if you start your own thread as this one's from 2010! But as long as your ds has the spots he's contagious. I wouldn't be taking him anywhere, they can take a couple of weeks to clear up and he'll possibly infect many people if you take him away.
I know this is an old thread but someone recommended nurofen for the temperature and you SHOULD NEVER GIVE IBUPROFEN FOR CHICKENPOX! It drives the infection deeper into the skin making it a far more serious condition. NHS advises only age appropriate paracetamol (Calpol or similar) for treating fever associated with chickenpox.