It’s the 12th April and the dreaded text came through from Thomas’s childminder… Her daughter had the Chicken Pox!
Taken from the NHS Website: Chickenpox is a mild but highly infectious condition caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It causes an itchy rash that blisters and then crusts over.
Chickenpox is most common in children under 10 years of age, although it can develop at any age. It is most common to catch chickenpox in winter and spring, particularly between March and May.
Chickenpox is so common in childhood that 90% of adults who grew up in the UK are immune to the condition because they have had it before.
Cue mild panic, OMG what should we do? The Childminder was staying open that day as her husband had taken the day off to look after their daughter. She runs her business from a seperate conservatory and because of this she was able to keep her daughter in the main house away from the other children. She was going to have to shut for the rest of the week though to look after her little girl.
We organised alternative arrangements for Thomas for that week. His Grandparents came over and looked after him for a few days.
On the 19th April Thomas went back to the childminders. National guidlines state that if the spots have scabbed over it is no longer contagious. We figured though that Thomas had probably already been exposed to it and it was probably already in his system. It would just be a matter of time before the spots came out.
So we waited… and waited… and waited.
On the 26th April we got another text from the childminder. Her son now had the Chicken Pox!
ARGH! Where were Thomas’s spots? Had he got away with it? He had been in contact with both the children on a daily basis.
That same day, Thomas started with an upset tummy and runny nappies. He had been off his food for a few days before that so we assumed he had a tummy bug… or did he?
His runny nappies lasted for 4 days, every day I was expecting to see the dreaded spots. Every day I heard of another child from the Childminders who had now got the Chicken Pox. Thomas still didn’t have them.
I was starting to relax and think that he was immune in some way. Hurray, I had a child who was immune to the Chicken Pox.
On Sunday 8th May I was changing Thomas’s nappy when there it was! A spot. Hmmm. I lifted his vest up, there was another one!
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! Instead i shouted for his Dad to come and have a look. All in all he had about 5 spots.
26 days after initially being in contact with the Pox, Thomas finally came out in the spots.
On Monday he woke up with a few more spots, he still only had about 20 in total and he was well in himself.
On Tuesday he had millions! Well, not millions exactly but he had a lot! They are now everywhere. In his ears, on his tongue, on his fingers and toes, his tummy and back and even on his privates
He is a little grumpy and has a slightly raised temp but so far he is not too ill with it. He has been having paracetamol which makes him slightly less grumpy. He is off his food slightly but I think this may be down to the fact that he has them on his tongue and maybe even down his throat.
I have also been using Virasoothe which is a gel that you put on the spots which stops the itching and aids healing.
For a 21 month old he is coping very well… I wish the same could be said about me!