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Chicken pox??? or not???

(11 Posts)
Evesmama Tue 22-Feb-05 20:20:45

dd had a high temp sunday and was very sleepy and grumpy.
yesterday still v.grumpy, woke up after halve and hour crying inconsoleably and very clingy, winging all day.
last night, went straight to sleep but constantly waking up until 10pm, when she was fully awake and crying..brought her down stairs to calm her, took her back up, she woldnt come into spare bed with me, so i laid on the floor in her room and stroked her head whilst she cried and tossed and turned until 3am when i finally managed to take her into spare room..still no sleep and at 5am, brought her downstairs..shes not eating much, not drinking much, nappies are ok, snotty nose and still very very clingy and upset.

tonight, put her in bath and as drying saw rash of red spots with heads all over her hands, arms, legs and terrible on bum..they must have come out around tea time, as saw nothing on hands or on bum when changing?. feel very very bad as i thought she was just being difficult..does this sound like chicken pox to anyone???

helsi Tue 22-Feb-05 20:23:05

I'd like to know for signs too as just found out that a little boy dd is at childminders with was absent today as he came out in spots last night. I know it takes three days for spots to appear - is it likely that she will have got it from himyesterday? (sorry evesmamma hijacking your thread but same topic so hope you don't mind.)

littlemissbossy Tue 22-Feb-05 20:26:21

sounds like chicken pox to me, very common in the winter months
have you looked at nhs direct for information
hope she's better soon x

wheresmyfroggy Tue 22-Feb-05 20:26:46

evesmama- yes sounds like chicken pox to me

helsi-pox is contagious for a while leading up to spots coming out so yes possibly

dd had it at 8/9 months, it lasted a few days and she was fine

helsi Tue 22-Feb-05 20:28:18

if it is chicken pox do I have to notify work in case someone is pg or is that measles?

wheresmyfroggy Tue 22-Feb-05 20:30:55

Might be an idea helsi, just for peace of mind

I would check on NHS website or with NHS direct

Evesmama Tue 22-Feb-05 20:34:49

thanks lmbb
i rang them at weekend when she had high temp and was drousy, but didnt know they had a site?..looks like them only the pic shown shows them fully out and scabbed over, hers are like big red pimples at gunna take her to doc in morn to have her checked out as she hasnt been right since christmas

LIZS Tue 22-Feb-05 20:36:30

helsi, even if your dd did come into contact yesterday it could take up to 3 weeks for her to come out with it, if at all, and she'd only be contagious a day or so before her spots appeared. It would only be a problem at work if you then came out with it and were at work just beforehand.

marj Tue 22-Feb-05 20:43:54

chickenpox is contagious for up to three days before the spots appear. As someone rightly said earlier it can take up to 3 weeks to incubate so you can be well when you first pick it up and become unwell much later on.
It can be a problem to pregnant women if they are not immune, ie they have never been exposed to chickenpox in the past. The most dangerous time is pre delivery as they could pass it on to their new baby.
The spots are normally red and itchy with small heads on them containing a clear fluid. Eventually they will scab over. Once all the spots are scabbed over they are no longer contagious.
Hope this helps a bit!! Sorry its so long.
How is your dd now EM?

Evesmama Tue 22-Feb-05 20:47:42

thanks girls and thanks marj

shes in bed at minute, felt like worst mother in world when i realised she was not just winging as no sign of spots till tonight
dp bought some medised on his lunch break, so gave her this(it has an antihistemine in, so hoping that settles her better tonight..only place i can trace it to is new play group on thursdays and havent(to my knowledge) been near any pregnant women as havent been out last few days because of bad snow!

Evesmama Wed 23-Feb-05 13:24:22

see' absolutly disgusted' all those who helped me yesterday.x

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