Anybody have kids with the chicken pox lately????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MandyH, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Please tell me that chicken pox beginnings doesn't look like a flea bite. My 3 year old has fever, sore stomach, headache and now two little red bumps that look like ant or flea bites. One on her left butt cheek and one above her belly button!!!!! PLease help me out moms.
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    sounds like the pox. it will get a little head on it, the sore.

    they start in the groin and belly area generally.

    chicken pox are a form of the herpes virus and is actually an airborne disease, that starts as a chest cold type thing.

    my one daughter has had the chicken pox several times. it's not fun.

    hope your daughter feels better.

    until all the sores are crusted over, she is contagious.

    check with your doctor for sure, and DO NOT give aspirin for the pain.

    the ER is the easiest place to go for diagnosis.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thanks miss jayne! I am a nurse and I knew what it was when I saw it a minute ago, but wanted somene to confirm. When I was working I always only saw the big, nasty crusty lesions never the first ones. Crap, she just had pneumonia, a virus, and ear infections!!! Never been sick hardly at all, but she started pre school this year and I knew it was coming.
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Call all her friends' moms! They can be on the lookout for symptoms, and those that don't have it, may want to bring their kids over to play so they can be exposed to it! (long as they're healthy otherwise at least. Not sure if that has changed, but lots of mom's used to prefer to do that.)
  5. sunnydee

    sunnydee Songster

    Jul 17, 2008
    I've never experienced the pox with my kids as I had them both vaccinated. I did deal with it with my daycare kids years ago. All I can say is make sure to have plenty of anit-itch cream and give her warm oatmeal baths.

    Good Luck!
  6. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Everyone always acts like the chicken pox is no big deal, but I remember when my grown kids had it-they were miserable. Lots of TLC was needed to get them over it. LOL [​IMG]

    As I remember they usually do start out in nice warm spots, fold under the arm, behind the ear, groin. All those places that are horrible when they itch!

    I now have six young 'uns that haven't had it. I am not looking forward to the day when I see the tell-tale little spot with a blister, on one of them!

    God bless your baby girl and I hope she is feeling ALL better by Christmas!

  7. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    you are welcome!

    my kids all had the vaccine, and still my DD got them several times.

    the contagious period started two weeks BEFORE she broke out.

    i hope your daughter is okay. as you know, being a nurse, comfort and monitoring her is all you can do.

    be well!

    (i've NEVER had them. my sis had them so bad, we had to put socks on her hands! she even had them in her throat and ON her eyeballs!)
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    My DD has had all her vaccinations too!!! I had my vaccinations when I was little and had the pox TWICE!! I think, from a medical AND a mother's standpoint that some of these vaccinations the gov't mandates are stupid and useless. She hasn't had anymore spots come up and it's been 3 hours, so I'm crossing my fingers it's just some weird coincidence!
  9. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Quote:Oh yes, much more difficult for older kids or adults. 3 is 'often' (and I'd say usually, but can't really for sure) much more managable, they are more willing to be comforted, easier to distract, and pacify. Not saying it's great or anything, but since there's not much else to do but hope for the best, I'll say it's easier to deal with. [​IMG] heck, most littles that age would be fascinated by oatmeal in the bathtub! [​IMG]
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chicken pox vaccine has only been available commonly for about 15 or so years now. It was OK'ed in the US in 1995. So KristenH, if you were older than 13 in 95, I think you got pox twice because you were that unlucky. [​IMG]. Vaccinations are good to keep up on, has eliminated many common diseases that still kill and debilitate for life in 3rd world countries. You have to get boosters when you need them though, and there is always the chance your body doesn't recognize the vaccine and doesn't make the right antibodies so you can still get sick.

    I'm 22 and go chicken pox with the rest. I believe the youngins that get the vaccine now need to get boosters at 10 years or so to keep it effective. Getting it as an adult is way worse, but if you don't get it, you won't get shingles! I think it's possible to not have a "bad" case of pox, and some kids get away with only like 2 spots and half a day's fever!

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