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My family are due to go to Turkey in 2 weeks and the nursery that my 3 year old goes to has lots of kids ill with chicken pox. This seems really silly but I was just wondering what everyone thought of… Read More
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
My family are due to go to Turkey in 2 weeks and the nursery that my 3 year old goes to has lots of kids ill with chicken pox. This seems really silly but I was just wondering what everyone thought of sending him there atm. I was thinking maybe I should keep him off until we return...I know it means 2 extra weeks off and I know there is every chance he is already infected as it can take up to 2 weeks for spots to show.
Also does anyone know what will happen if he does get them? If our holiday has to be cancelled will I get a full refund etc?
Thanks in advance
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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if he contracts chicken pox he'll feel kinda poorly, prolly have a temperature and come out in a rash of red spots that form into blisters that seep clear coloured fluid. They continue to feel poorly as more spots break out and go through this cycle every couple days and are infectious until the last of the spots weep and crusts over.

You wouldnt want your lil one to be abroad for all that. Chicken pox is a relatively mild illness but the itching can drive some kiddies crazy and they dont feel 100% with it.

Also, its dangerous for any pregnant woman who hasnt an immunity to it.. her baby can catch it and be harmed by the virus.

You'll need to check the terms and conditions of your holiday agreement as to how much money you'll lose if you have to cancel.
1 Like #2
Yes T&C's.
I'd keep him off anyway.
Usually chicken pox is mild but it can be horrid and as COM says dangerous in the early stages of pregnancy and dangerous to those on steroids like prednisolone, I believe.
With a bit of luck the exposure he's already had will give him mild symptoms and immunity.
#3
ClarityofMind
if he contracts chicken pox he'll feel kinda poorly, prolly have a temperature and come out in a rash of red spots that form into blisters that seep clear coloured fluid. They continue to feel poorly as more spots break out and go through this cycle every couple days and are infectious until the last of the spots weep and crusts over.

You wouldnt want your lil one to be abroad for all that. Chicken pox is a relatively mild illness but the itching can drive some kiddies crazy and they dont feel 100% with it.

Also, its dangerous for any pregnant woman who hasnt an immunity to it.. her baby can catch it and be harmed by the virus.

You'll need to check the terms and conditions of your holiday agreement as to how much money you'll lose if you have to cancel.


Thanks.....My older 2 boys have had it already so I kinda know all the symptoms etc.
I'm just worrying incase my little one gets it so close to holiday. I'd rather avoid putting him in contact with it also but i'm not sure what his nursery would say if I keep him off that long.
I'll go & look at my agreement to see. Hopefully i,m worrying about nothing lol and he dont get them this time round. :)
#4
chesso
Yes T&C's.
I'd keep him off anyway.
Usually chicken pox is mild but it can be horrid and as COM says dangerous in the early stages of pregnancy and dangerous to those on steroids like prednisolone, I believe.
With a bit of luck the exposure he's already had will give him mild symptoms and immunity.


yeh here's hoping he is :)
#5
yummymummy2202
Thanks.....My older 2 boys have had it already so I kinda know all the symptoms etc.
I'm just worrying incase my little one gets it so close to holiday. I'd rather avoid putting him in contact with it also but i'm not sure what his nursery would say if I keep him off that long.
I'll go & look at my agreement to see. Hopefully i,m worrying about nothing lol and he dont get them this time round. :)


As long as you pay for his place they shouldnt have a problem with it ( if there are any fees ). I'd let them know you are concerned about chicken pox and what date he will be returning. They will probably do all they can to reassure you.

By law children dont have to be in education until they are 5.

Did you purchase holiday insurance at any time?
1 Like #6
Hiya
Incubation period is 10 to 21 days and your infectious about 2 days before spots appear and once the last blister has crusted over your no longer infectious.Therefore I would be very careful if he has already been near kids with it.If you were going to Spain or France I would say you can risk it but Turkey is rather different.(I wont tell u about my cardiac arrest experience abroad where the woman was left to lie on street for 3 hours-put it this way I would never go abroad to a place without good medical facilities) I personally would not risk it if there were any chance he has it.
Clarity of mid is right it is very dangerous to unborn babies so I can imagine what would happen in a plane where all the nasties can breed.Plus, they may not let him on plane home if he is spotty.Your child should be safe to fly once they are past the infectious stage and the blisters have crusted over, but it is best to check your airline policy first. You should inform the airline as soon as you have sought medical advice and had the illness diagnosedOh what a nightmare.If you do go take plenty of Calpol and Ibuprofen just incase!Good luck.....I would also give your GP practice a ring tomorrow.Definatly keep him off nursery-they usually give advice on this if there is a large proportion of children diagnosed.
Let me know what you decide!
#7
Ok.. Chicken Pox..
Your child has already been exposed to the virus so no point keeping him off or away from other children. Incubation is 14 days (trust me I am a nurse). The doctors will not take blood tests to check either. No treatment to offer children other that the usual keep hydrated, treat rash etc. The people at risk are pregnant women in the first 20 weeks and last 7 days of pregnancy. Very real risk, danger to baby. Also people with reduced immunity are more at risk..Varicella (Chicken Pox) is highly infectious. A very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact.
Complications may arise if the child is
Immunocompromised
Long-term steroid use4
Complications may occur in as many as 1 in 50 cases .
Prob already have it......
#8
I should add the airline will not let you travel if there are fluid filed spots, only safe to travel when spots have scabbed.
#9
Ive got 5 kids!
The two youngest boys! Like you chicken pox was going round nursery just before we were due to go on holiday to cyprus, so we packed calamine lotion and paracetamol, just after we'd been there 24 hours later he came out in it!!!!! fortunatly we were there for two weeks the sea and swimming pool seemed to help with the spots. so he was ok when we came home Lucky!!

The younger one we went to Portugal last April, on the plane on the way home, Plane was delayed! but we were on the plane sitting there as you do, for some reason I lifted his top and he was covered in spots, we just kept our mouth's shut about it! What could we do say let us out! I know thats a terrible thing we did! It wasn't ti;l after we were home we relised we hadn't taken out any holiday insurance, so just as well they didn't find out,

I would be tempted to still send to nursery,
#10
Jumpingphil
Some airlines wont fly you if he is contagious.
Could be a disaster if symptoms show just as you are wanting to come home.
Could be stuck out there for a while.
Some peeps might like that but I don't know where you would stay or who would pay.


That will be all airlines. If any child or person has chicken pox all airlines have a policy that the person is not aloud to fly. Some airlines may look at the situation and allow you to fly but it's highly unlikely. And as you say don't want to be stuck overseas if you need to be back home for work or something.
banned#11
Sparkle n dazzle
Ok.. Chicken Pox..
Your child has already been exposed to the virus so no point keeping him off or away from other children. Incubation is 14 days (trust me I am a nurse). The doctors will not take blood tests to check either. No treatment to offer children other that the usual keep hydrated, treat rash etc. The people at risk are pregnant women in the first 20 weeks and last 7 days of pregnancy. Very real risk, danger to baby. Also people with reduced immunity are more at risk..Varicella (Chicken Pox) is highly infectious. A very common with infection of up to 90% of vulnerable individuals who come into contact.
Complications may arise if the child is
Immunocompromised
Long-term steroid use4
Complications may occur in as many as 1 in 50 cases .
Prob already have it......



Agree

Make sure you have adequate insurance that will cover you for cancelled holiday
#12
tinkerbell28
100% Correct, if the child has already been exposed, then the chances are they have it already and it's incubating. No company will allow you to fly with CP in it's contagious stage, so start digging out the insurance just in case.



You took a contagious child into a swimming pool and left the other on a delayed flight, how irresponsible :|


I know it's bad but what could I do!
banned#13
adp
I know it's bad but what could I do!


Thought about other people?
banned#14
I have to say i totally agree with not allowing a child into the swimming pool and trying to keep them isolated away from others, but on plane im sorry i would have done the same, the period that is most contagious in the incubation oeriod when you dont know they have it anyway
banned#15
sassie
I have to say i totally agree with not allowing a child into the swimming pool and trying to keep them isolated away from others, but on plane im sorry i would have done the same


Isn't that irresponsible?
banned#16
FilthAndFurry
Isn't that irresponsible?


yes, but sometimes im allowed to be, never decalred to be perfect :thumbsup:
banned#17
sassie
yes, but sometimes im allowed to be, never decalred to be perfect :thumbsup:


But you could infect other people - isn't that moronic?
banned#18
FilthAndFurry
But you could infect other people - isn't that moronic?


never declared i wasnt one of those either
banned#19
sassie
never declared i wasnt one of those either


So you think that a person who would do the things mentioned would be an irresponsible moron, maybe even unfit to be a parent? That's a bold statement.
banned#20
FilthAndFurry
So you think that a person who would do the things mentioned would be an irresponsible moron, maybe even unfit to be a parent? That's a bold statement.


pmsl, shall i go with it, or shall i not, oh decisions, decisions
#21
ClarityofMind
As long as you pay for his place they shouldnt have a problem with it ( if there are any fees ). I'd let them know you are concerned about chicken pox and what date he will be returning. They will probably do all they can to reassure you.

By law children dont have to be in education until they are 5.

Did you purchase holiday insurance at any time?


yes I have holiday insurance i'm just going to call up and ask what they advise
#22
I didnt mean this to turn into an arguement lol
I was only asking other peoples advice

I have just found out that chicken pox has been circulating in my sons nursery since early Feb with 1 or 2 going down with it in a week or so, he has been in contact with it since then as he has been to nursery but I just feel more on edge about him getting it now as it is only 2 weeks until we fly out. I feel if I keep him off now then he wont have been in contact with it in around 17days ......oh i'm so confused by it all and just hope he doesn't take it.
#23
gemmyw
Hiya
Incubation period is 10 to 21 days and your infectious about 2 days before spots appear and once the last blister has crusted over your no longer infectious.Therefore I would be very careful if he has already been near kids with it.If you were going to Spain or France I would say you can risk it but Turkey is rather different.(I wont tell u about my cardiac arrest experience abroad where the woman was left to lie on street for 3 hours-put it this way I would never go abroad to a place without good medical facilities) I personally would not risk it if there were any chance he has it.
Clarity of mid is right it is very dangerous to unborn babies so I can imagine what would happen in a plane where all the nasties can breed.Plus, they may not let him on plane home if he is spotty.Your child should be safe to fly once they are past the infectious stage and the blisters have crusted over, but it is best to check your airline policy first. You should inform the airline as soon as you have sought medical advice and had the illness diagnosedOh what a nightmare.If you do go take plenty of Calpol and Ibuprofen just incase!Good luck.....I would also give your GP practice a ring tomorrow.Definatly keep him off nursery-they usually give advice on this if there is a large proportion of children diagnosed.
Nurse Midwife Health Visitor


Thanx for your info...it's very helpful.
I'm very worried now as it is getting so close to out date. I really wouldn't want him to take it whilst there, i'm thinking more & more of keeping him off nursery just to be sure. Its not his pre-school year anyway as he is only 3, he has another year in nursery before he starts school at 5y.
#24
tinkerbell28
If it would make you feel better on the off chance he is not already incubating the virus, then do it hun:thumbsup:


yeh I think I might :?
I'm going to speak to the gp anyway and see what he advises
We are off from today until Tuesday anyway so i've got until then to think about it.
banned#25
do whatever you think is right for you and your family, hes 3 for gawds sake - lol

Do not bother your gp or insurance company with it, at the mo he hasnt got it so what is the point, if your holiday has to be cncelled because he comes down with it then your insurance will cover it
#26
tinkerbell28
If it would make you feel better on the off chance he is not already incubating the virus, then do it hun:thumbsup:

I agree..
#27
sassie
do whatever you think is right for you and your family, hes 3 for gawds sake - lol

Do not bother your gp or insurance company with it, at the mo he hasnt got it so what is the point, if your holiday has to be cncelled because he comes down with it then your insurance will cover it


Thats all very well you saying that....its not you that is in the situation and its not you that will have to disappoint 3 kids if it does happen, I was only asking what people thought of trying my best to prevent him from taking it and worst of all whilst we are there as half the family would need to return and i'd be stuck out there with him
#28
gemmyw
I agree..


yeh thanx :)
#29
yummymummy2202
I have just found out that chicken pox has been circulating in my sons nursery since early Feb with 1 or 2 going down with it in a week or so, he has been in contact with it since then as he has been to nursery but I just feel more on edge about him getting it now as it is only 2 weeks until we fly out. I feel if I keep him off now then he wont have been in contact with it in around 17days ......oh i'm so confused by it all and just hope he doesn't take it.


I think that you're just going to feel happier keeping him off nursery, so you might as well. There isn't any particular reason why it would be a problem to keep him at home is there?

The incubation period is 10 - 20 days but usually nearer the 10, so there's a good chance that if he does get it, it'll be done with in 17 days time. There's also good chances that, as I said above, he may have only mild symptoms. If his two older brothers have already had it he may indeed have gained immunity then. If you're really desperate that he doesn't get it then talk to your GP.
banned#30
yummymummy2202
Thats all very well you saying that....its not you that is in the situation and its not you that will have to disappoint 3 kids if it does happen


Saying what? do what you think is right? sorry, you lost me there :?
#31
Yes I think if it puts your mind at rest then keep him off....would be sods law for him to get it!
#32
sassie
Saying what? do what you think is right? sorry, you lost me there :?


dont quite know what you mean by he is 3 for gawds sake.......wat does it matter wat age he is

not to bother my gp or insurance at the min, he doesnt have it, and if he does my insurance will cover it....
i'm also worried he contracts it in the coming days and takes it whilst we are out there
banned#33
yummymummy2202
dont quite know what you mean by he is 3 for gawds sake.......wat does it matter wat age he is

not to bother my gp or insurance at the min, he doesnt have it, and if he does my insurance will cover it....
i'm also worried he contracts it in the coming days and takes it whilst we are out there


it would matter a great deal if he was in the education system :roll:

Go make an appointment with your gp, mine would through me out of his surgery fro turning up to ask him if i should take my child out of pre-school incase he catches chicken pox, there is no treatment for chicken pox, nearly all children get it, if your worried he gets it there then take what you will need to deal with it, your talking about something most children get, not some unknown disease
#34
Wow some people have stinking attitudes
#35
How can you be sure its not swine flu.. If you come out in rashers LOL
1 Like #36
sassie
it would matter a great deal if he was in the education system :roll:

Go make an appointment with your gp, mine would through me out of his surgery fro turning up to ask him if i should take my child out of pre-school incase he catches chicken pox, there is no treatment for chicken pox, nearly all children get it, if your worried he gets it there then take what you will need to deal with it, your talking about something most children get, not some unknown disease


YES I DO KNOW THAT IT IS A COMMON DISEASE AND MOST CHILDREN GET IT, MY OTHER 2 HAVE HAD IT, ONLY REASON I POSTED UP WAS TO ASK ADVICE AS IT IS WORRYING BECAUSE OF OUR HOLIDAY
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY ON MY THREAD AGAIN IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SUCH AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM....I DONT NEED THIS :x
#37
gemmyw
Wow some people have stinking attitudes


Yes Gemmy i agree some people do
#38
WoolyM
How can you be sure its not swine flu.. If you come out in rashers LOL


Ha ha ha ha ....i sure hope not lol
#39
Oh no!Thats terrible lol
#40
You go girl!

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