I remember our stint with chicken pox. Though it seems like a long time ago, it was in fact just two years back.
Aeryn came home from school one day and we found a little spot on her tummy. Then a few more appeared. Luckily she had a mild version with just about 15 -20 little blisters or pops in total. She was fine, running around and playing as normal. So we completed our half term plans but didn’t overdo it.
Whomever I told that she had chicken pox, I was told the other two will get it and it’s better the other two get it. Yeah, thanks for the sympathy.
Well, the others didn’t. At least not while she had it. No, Sod’s Law demanded they get it but later so it would be more difficult for me.
Jadyn came home spotty from school and then the next morning I discovered it on Ethan.
And this was no mild version. It was a full blown attack.
They were covered – especially on their faces and torso. They were itchy and irritable and since they were both home together – they bickered all the time.
I had my hands full. Constant rub downs with gels, calamine and lavender oil.
I hate calamine after this with a vengeance after this. It’s great to put on and it does relieve the itching but take my advice – buy the gel. It’s may be dearer but it’s worth it. Calamine is so hard to get off.
Lavender oil is also great for scarring and helps with sleep.
My top tips to get through chicken pox –
- Don’t fight it.If it is rampant in school it will visit your home too sooner or later.
- Be prepared.
- Buy cooling gels specifically for chicken pox. Lavender oil is good too. But for me something that really worked was Care ViraSoothe (available from Boots, supermarkets & pharmacies nationwide). I didn’t know about this when Aeryn had it but I used it for the other two and it was a God send. ViraSoothe breaks the itch, scratch, infection cycle by reducing the itching and allowing the skin to heal naturally.
- Have Calpol at the ready as it is sometimes accompanied by high fever. Neurofen is not recommended.
- There is no special diet but children can have a loss of appetite so give them what they like for a few days.
- Try and ensure they don’t itch. The problem lies when a spot becomes infected. It can also leave scars if the crusts are picked at.
- Chicken pox is not a disease that can be fatal on its own but it can be harmful to pregnant women and people with low immunity. Keep away from anyone pregnant or ill.
- Have entertainment sorted at home – telly is best as using devices could cause a spread quicker.
The incubation period is normally about 3 days before the spots appear and 5 days after. You never know about the 3 days before as one may or may not show symptoms of fever, cold etc. Mine didn’t. But once a spot appears please keep the children off school for at least a week.
If it hits the household, it is most likely that all the children will have it. Even adults can have it if they have not had it when young.
Here’s a video by Dr Sarah Jarvis telling you more about how to cope with chicken pox –