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i posted last night about my babys chicken pox and was very greatful for all the advice i recieved.
today he hasnt eaten, or drunk much. his nappy was wet on waking up but not since. he's been sweating alot though and has had a temp. hes extremly clingy and listless ie - just lies there in his cot whinging.
he has been having calpol, piriton and i have tried some of the suggestions from mn with his spots (which have worked btw thanks) so i dont think they are bothering him atm
he's asleep right now. he's 14 months old.
do you think this is just a really bad case of chicken pox or should i take him to the hospital?
Be has agressive as you can, you need to be assured. As long as he is drinking, I would be comforted by that. But you can't be sure and I certainly am not a doctor. When their nappys are dry for more than several hours I would just get so nervous myself. I hope he gets better soon Huggy.
how high is his temp? If it is consistently above 39 and calpol isn't really doing much, I would phone your out of hours gp./ TBH I would avoid hospital if you can - for a start they really don't want a contagious poxy child there and secondly I wouldn't be happy about taking my child with lots of open poxes there with so much mrsa about. Only if the fever is scary OR if you think he is getting wheezy or rattly in the chest would I go (chest infection can set in as a secondary in a bad case of chicken pox, and that needs to be treated pronto). Otherwise there isn't anything else that they can do there that you can't do at home. Just manage the fever and keep pushing fluids.
Good luck. If it is any consolation when my 5mth old had awful pox, the night that we were preparing for going to hospital was the breaking point of the fever - it got much better from then on and he was basically fine 24-36 hrs later. Courage, as the french say!
Call the A&E department of your local hospital and ask them
personally I think I'd take him just to reassure yourself
both my 2 have just gone through CP and you wouldn't have known it apart from the spots .. DD who was 11 months had no fever at all and just acted normally
you can get Chicken pox anywhere including internally and if he's not drinking nor wet nappies it is worth taking him.. but I would call first and warn them as he'll be infectious and they may have a side room you can use
they just phoned me back. she said that she was concerned about him being dehydrated, am sleeping alot is a symptom of this. she weighed up the risks of taking him to hospital, as PPH said, he could catch stuff through his spots. advised that i keep him doped up and give him loads to drink. but said to keep an eye on his breathing - which is fine atm. and to phone gp in the morning
oh good Im glad they came back to you so quickly. I think he is better at home as long as there isn't anything very specific you are worried about. a lukewarm (not cool) bath might make him a bit more comfortable, lower his fever a bit and perk him up enough to drink some more fluids. also you could give him a flannel to chew in there (if yours is as chewy as mine!) - good way of sneaking in some fluids...