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Where on earth had DS caught Chicken pox?

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Elephantonascooter Wed 22-Apr-20 14:58:19

We've been in lockdown now for 6 weeks. We are in the UK, but we're isolating for 14 days before lockdown began due to DS having a cough.

Anyway, about 5 days ago, DS came down with a really high temp, 38.9 at one point. Calpol sometimes worked, sometimes didn't, but as soon as the calpol wore off, his temp was sky high. This is the only symptom he had, he was waking early but thought that was temp related and as a result has had slightly longer naps in the day. Couldn't put my finger on what was wrong but he has been barely eating other than rich tea biscuits, welsh cakes and pom bears (after flat out refusing any lunch or dinner options, even his staple favourites.) Dh and I actually said the other day that he just seemed generally unwell. His temp has been down today but I have just noticed he has a few red spots in random areas. First one on his little bum cheek, another on his face and some more in hot ereas like behind the knees and elbows. It looks like chicken pox. But where on earth would have have caught chicken pox when we've been on lockdown?!!!

We've taken him for daily excersise (prior to the temp) and observed social distancing. He's also been in shops as dh has been working. How contagious is chicken pox? Could he have picked it up while on one of our outings? It seems unlikely and I'm really hoping it's not chicken pox but they look red and raised.

Any insight is appreciated

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QuinceSavedMyLife Wed 22-Apr-20 14:59:46

Probably from the shops

WafflesandPancakess Wed 22-Apr-20 15:01:42

Chicken pox has a long incubation period. From 10-21 days.

I was surprised when Dd caught hers off her cousin after not seeing her for other a month. She’d been out of sorts for a few weeks so explained a lot!

Hope you have lots of calamine lotion in, baths with blacks coal soap worked for us too.

Lightsabre Wed 22-Apr-20 15:02:01

Please don't assume it's chicken pox. You need to ring his GP or 111 to rule out anything more serious.

TheWooisStrong Wed 22-Apr-20 15:04:49

Corona virus has been shown to have chicken pox like spots occasionally.

Elephantonascooter Wed 22-Apr-20 15:06:07

Thank you. He's only 18 months.
He's OK in himself today, playing etc so I'm not too concerned it's anything more serious, especially as calpol helped the temp. I will obviously keep a very close eye on him though

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circusintown Wed 22-Apr-20 15:10:41

I wouldn't be so sure it's chicken pox. If he's so little wasn't he in a pushchair in the shops? With social distancing I can't see how he came into contact with it if you isolated for 2 weeks before lockdown

LeGrandBleu Thu 23-Apr-20 08:35:26

Could be chickenpox as he has been in shops and it is highly contagious or it could be something else. Covid has skin manifestations in some cases similar to chickenpox

nypost.com/2020/04/21/skin-rashes-possible-symptom-of-coronavirus-experts-say/

"Last week, the Spanish General Council of Official Podiatrist Colleges warned that some COVID-19 patients have experienced lesions on their feet “similar to those of chickenpox or measles.” "

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