What a hell of two weeks we have had behind us and it’s not over yet. Three weeks ago there was a notice on the window of the kids crèche down the road. “A case of chickenpox is going around“. I haven’t thought any of it because they were going around over two years ago in Matthew’s room and he didn’t pick it up at all.
This time it was going around in Chloe’s room. She only recently moved into the wobbler room. Just a few days after the notice went up, I received a phone call when I was only in work 30 minutes. They noticed a few spots coming up on her skin. As I haven’t had any experience with chickenpox before, the same day I booked an appointment with the GP to confirm that she had chickenpox.
Chloe got away with murder. She only had a mild dose of chickenpox. When you hear chickenpox you think of spots all over them and they’re miserable. Somehow she only developed about 20 pox. Her temperature never went above 37.5. She did scratch the odd spot but we got really lucky. I couldn’t tell if she lost her appetite because she generally is very picky eating at home but eats pretty much everything in creche.
Yesterday was her first day back in creche. It took roughly a week to recover and for the spots to crust over. She could have gone back earlier but somehow she developed a high temperature a few days ago. I am putting it down to teething but I am not 100% sure because it was quite high (39.2). I am glad she got it at such a young age so we don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Last Friday we got another notice for Matthew’s room. And tada out of the middle of nowhere I got a phone call from crèche Monday at lunch time to say spots are appearing on his body. Another week at home.
It’s funny how different chickenpox develop. Since Monday he got so many spots they are uncountable. He’s covered everywhere. Even some on his fingers.
The size of the pox is completely different to Chloe’s too. Her ones were pretty small. Matthew’s are big and aggressive. Maybe it’s got to do with the age they get it at, I don’t know. Apart from being itchy all over luckily he’s in good form. I didn’t mind being out and about with Chloe because you could barely see her spots but with Matthew I am trying to avoid places like restaurants for now.
What are the symptoms to look out for?
• It starts off with flu like symptoms such as feeling sick, a temperature of 38 and above, loss of appetite, runny nose
• An itchy rash will appear on your child’s body. This can differentiate as you could experience above
• Spots will appear in clusters and tend to be behind the ears, on the face, over the scalp, under the arms, on the chest and stomach and finally on the arms and legs
• New spots can keep appearing for the first 3 to 5 days.
• 12 to 14 hours after the rash started, the red itchy spots will develop into blisters which will become insanely itchy.
• After a day or two the fluid in the blisters dry out and build a crust over it . Once every single spot has a crust over it, your child is no longer contagious anymore and you can send them back to school/nursery. This can be five to six days.