Any tips? 6 month old dd2 has chicken pox, this is the second night. No idea how to get her to sleep, she is so uncomfortable. She's had a bath, calomine in aqueous cream. Dh took her for a drive and she slept two hours but no idea how to get her down again. We don't co sleep but have been feeding her to sleep int bed but she won't stay asleep. Help!
She's a week off 6 months and when I spoke to the gp this morning he said not but it wasn't so bad then. Tried giving her calpol and ibuprofen but she will barely swallow them, just spits back out. She is currently in her hammock with a mobile on, quiet but not asleep.
The spots are worst on her head and back. I tried sticking her on her front (in my bed not hammock) but she didn't like that.
Poor you guys. Aqueous cream from the fridge (cooled) can help. have you tried taking her clothes off, wrapping her in just a soft blanket (turning the heat up a bit if you need to)? If they're very irritated it might help too. Does she settle if held? Maybe get yourself in a comfortable, safe position in bed on the couch and try holding her. (i had to do this with mine- belly to belly)
Thanks for the messages and tips. I managed to get her off by feeding her to sleep sort of across my stomach, head nestled in the crook of my arm propped on a pillow.
She's just woken and we've swapped sides. Am just waiting to be able to remove my nipple from her mouth as I don't want her sleeping while chewing on the end of it! I'm getting pummelled with her exposed hand!
Dh will help out when he can. He was the one who spent a few nights in with dd1 when she had it two weeks ago, but I think the comfort of the boob is going to land this one in my court. He's only working till 12 tomorrow though so I can catch up on some zzzzz's then.
I'm starving! I have a mint kit kat on my bedside table just two foot away but can't move!
Hang in there! I'm in the same boat with my 3.5 month old. He's got chicken pox and the only thing that makes him sleep is me pacing up and down the house holding him. The only thing that keeps me sane is the sleeping in shifts thing that ex-pat suggested - i''m on the 3-9am shift atm
Maybe get a different cream from aqueous cream. When I was last at the dr with ds's eczema I was told it was no longer recommended as it irritates a large percentage of babies and children (I've got a thread about it in allergies). I've been using epaderm instead which is meant to be milder. Hope you were both ok last night
Thanks for the tips. Will get the poxclin today. So went for a drive, baby slept. Just got back and tried to pump a bit so dh could feed her later and the bottom fell off my pump spilling all yesterday's milk, about 5oz <sob>
You can get calpol that is given as a suppository - ask the chemist. Not as hard to use as it sounds, works quicker and can't be spat out (though I suppose if they do a huge poo soon after it might pop out!).
If you put a cup of porridge oats in a muslin and secure with a rubber band, put in the bath/under taps when you run it, it's really soothing. Then at end of bath squeeze the gunk from the muslin over the skin.
Adding a tablespoon of bicarb to a bath can help dry up spots.
I know she's only 6 months, but ice lollies or ice cubes crushed might soothe her mouth.
I was going to suggest the bicarb bath. Also make sure none of her clothes have seams that are rubbing? I can remember having chickenpox myself and my mum putting me in a t-shirt of hers turned inside out :-)
i did coolish baths with oat water every 4-5 hours for my youngest when he had chicken pox. i think it encourages the pox to blister and cleans off any random virus, which tends to reduce itching. also the coolness gives a brief release from heated itching. hope she gets well soon.