chicken pox - help!

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Found 14th Mar 2010
I discovered earlier today that my daughter has what I think are chicken pox. Shes got quite a few red spots all over her (not the water filled blisters I thought was usual, but hey ho!)
Obviously she'll be staying off nursery for the rest of the week at least, but what do I do about her brother and sister? I've looked online and it says that siblings generally get them within 2 weeks of the first one, but I can't keep them off school for that length of time as a 'just in case' surely?
My sons school is the one I'm most concerned about, as its a special needs school and some of the children there have quite low immunity. I can't even ring in the morning to check, as the school bus collects him before the office opens!
Both the older ones have been around children with chicken pox before, and neither have caught it, so I'm wondering if they are already immune?
I've been a mum for 9 years....can't believe this is something I don't know about lol!

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If think you can only get chicken pox once

May be an idea to ring NHS Direct and ask their opinion and then you can say to school you've taken medical advice

if your that worried - is it possible for him to take the day off before you speak to the school. Due to the type of school it is, if there is even a slight chance that your son may come up with it also i wouldnt risk it.

But you may want to ring up NHS direct like the previous poster has suggested.

Original Poster

you can get it more than once, one of my nephews has had it 3 times :-(
I think I will keep him off, and speak to the headmistress in the morning, see what she says. I'm going to nosy at the NHS website too and see if it says anything, I forgot about that.

Banned

oh my god i never knew you could get chicken pox more than once oh yer i think its best if you phone up your doctor and tell them about your situation

The think is, if your other children are going to get it they will. there is no guarantee they will or won't,children are usually contagious before they show signs of chicken pox from what I remember.

The general rules for school are to keep the child off until the spots have dried.

my daughter just got over it. You CAN get it more than once but its highly unlikely. My son has never had it and he never got it from his sister either. My daughter had unknowingly went to school with it but no one in her class got it. I went to a special needs school myself my whole life, my advice would be to keep him off for a day and call and get some advice from the school itself. NHS direct can advice you about chicken pox but not the school's policy on it. The school nurse or doctor will decide.

As for making chicken pox easier, anti viral meds and camoline lotion works best. My daughter was really good about scratching. Its red spots first then come the blisters, and they will come, lol. My daughter was off school for i think 6 school days in total.

Original Poster

Thanks everyone, I'm not worried at all about the other 2 getting it, I just didnt want it going around my sons school if I could help it, due to the nature of the medical conditions of children there.
I know it can be dangerous to children on certain medications too.

DOn't know where abouts you are but there have been a lot of children in the school where I work who have developed a rash lasting about 2 weeks that the dr's say is a post viral rash and nothing to be concerned about-fingers crossed.

honeyb35;8106660

Thanks everyone, I'm not worried at all about the other 2 getting it, I … Thanks everyone, I'm not worried at all about the other 2 getting it, I just didnt want it going around my sons school if I could help it, due to the nature of the medical conditions of children there.I know it can be dangerous to children on certain medications too.



i'd be more worried about kids at your son's school scratching, the kids who can't control themselves as well as others.

This tip I was given when my son had chicken pox was to bathe him in sea salt everyday as it dries up the spots.1 handful is enough.He is now almost 18 and has no scaring from scratching ect.Daughter had them almost 2 weeks after,the spots were popping out as you looked at her.She is now almost 15 and has a few scares.She had it a lot worst than my son.Nieces and nephews have had chicken pox and I always say bathe in sea salt.Calomine lotion was what was used in my days.

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mcnally32;8106684

i'd be more worried about kids at your son's school scratching, the kids … i'd be more worried about kids at your son's school scratching, the kids who can't control themselves as well as others.



well yes, obviously......but scars aren't as bad as potentially ending up in hospital! :-(

Hey, my daughter had chicken pox a very mild case I thought we were lucky that my son didnt get it but 3 weeks later they arrived. They always look worse than they are imo, try not to worry, I doubt there is anything you can do as there is an incubation period and siblings are very likely to catch it. It is likey your son may already have the virus but they may not appear for weeks, dont want to scare you as its very common in kids, I see your concerns, not sure what I would advise really. My son has a very weak immune system he is 15 months old and catches everything and he managed fine, although was awful seeing him with them.

Banned

Your child had the MMR jab? If not you checked for symptoms of measles? Glass tumbler rolled across them if they stay its a positive or something.

Mod & Ed

Chickenpox can be caught more than once, especially if mild the first time, I agree with you taking precautions re your sons special needs school, children there will have lower immune systems and complications can arise, my son had it mildly as a toddler, unfortunately I contracted it April 08, passed it on to him and as he was 15 at the time it caused complications and ended up hospitalised through them, unfortunately he has been left with a lifelong serious illness because of the virus, so I would always advocate if possible to allow younger children to come into contact with it so they can try to build some immunity for the virus,so for your other child I would send to school normally, there is also a vaccine available that many Dr's would recommend a teen to have if they have never contracted the virus and if blood tests show that they have little or no immunity to it.

Original Poster

Again, thanks everyone. I kept my son off today and spoke to the school nurse, who admitted that in none of the school guidelines did it mention anything about siblings with chicken pox! He's going back tomorrow, at least if it does end up going round the school I'll know I tried to do what I thought best (although I'd still feel guilty!)
My daughter is fine with them, she doesn't have too many luckily, and as soon as she looks like she needs to scratch I attack her with calamine lotion, poor little mite lol.
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