Well, I am just about over my Chicken Pox, Mummy had thought I was going to catch it a couple of times before, but I managed to miss it. Not this time. I have been quite poorly, and we thought we would share with you the truth about Chicken Pox.
The most contagious time to catch Chicken Pox is the day or two before any spots appear. This is why you have no idea who has it, and why it spreads so quickly. The spots have a little blister head which is different to any other usual spot.
Chicken Pox is contagious up until the last blistered spot scabs over, but not all spots will turn into full blister spots. Usually all the spots will have come out within 5 days of the first one appearing. I had several very itchy, nasty spots which bothered me, but overall I didn’t have an awful lot of spots.
It is recommended that children are kept off school and away from other children when they have Chicken Pox, but as it is most likely passed on before any spots even appear, this makes little difference to the spread of it.
The main areas where I had spots were my upper and lower back, my upper chest, in my armpits and behind my ear. I also had a very nasty one on my lower eyelid which made my eye bloodshot and very weepy, and one in my mouth and one in my ear.
Some people only get a handful of spots, some get hundreds. Most people only catch it once as their immunity has then built to protect them, but some people can catch it more than once.
The spots are super itchy and it is really important not to scratch them as they can leave a scar. Mine itched mostly at night and if I was warm. Towards the end of my Chicken Pox I had a nasty cough and terrible cold along with a temperature. I was also very grumpy, clingy and generally just felt poopy.
What helped me were:
Calamine lotion – Mummy dabbed it on with cotton wool. (You can also get Calamine cream).
Piriton medicine – it is an antihistamine liquid medicine which is safe for children and it calmed me and helped the itching too. (As with all medicines, check with your pharmacist or Doctor if you are unsure of anything). You can buy Piriton without prescription in chemists.
Wearing soft jogger bottoms and soft cotton tops and pyjamas.
Keeping my finger nails super short.
Warm but not very warm baths.
Other things you can try, which we didn’t need to are cotton mitts on very little ones to stop scratching the spots with their nails.
Oats in the bath – in a sock or a cut off leg from a pair of tights.
More info is over on the NHS website.
Everyone else in my family has had Chicken Pox, and no-one caught it again off me so hopefully we are done with it now!
Have you or your little one had Chicken Pox? Have you any tips to add?