Chicken pox: early symptoms with photos

My little darlings picked up chicken pox a few years ago and I remember googling early symptoms and photos of the spots so I could work out if it was what they had, I got some good photos and thought it might be helpful to other mamas out there if I was to share them.

Early symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Flu/cold like

Early spots

The first spots tend to appear on the torso, so belly or back, that’s not to say they won’t appear else where first but usually it’s the torso. They appear as red dots initially and after 12-24 hours they will start to blister and look fluid-filled.

They may or may not be itchy at this time, in fact they may not become itchy at all, neither of my children suffered from itchy spots with chicken pox.

Bethany didn’t have many spots, she was poorly the day before spots appeared but after that she was her usual self. Her spots were all up by 2 days in and all healed within 5 days.

Poor jack had lots of spots, and I mean LOTS!

I’ve never known a child have it so bad, it was over his “boy bits”, down his ears, in his mouth, down his throat…he really suffered. He was feverish for the day before spots appeared and fell asleep in the middle of the floor (which isn’t like him), his fever continued for about 5 days and it took 5 days for spots to stop appearing and another 5 days after that for them to start healing over.


  • There are loads of products available over the counter
  • We found bicarbonate of soda and porridge in the bath really helped. But don’t bath them once the spots start healing, this can cause them to scar.
  • Kids paracetamol is best to keep their temp down, not ibruprofen as that can cause the spots to become infected.

I hope the experience of our chicken pox helps a mama out there. Please remember I am not a doctor (or medical professional of any kind) I am just passing on our experience in the hope it helps you.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Did your kids have a nasty case of chicken pox, or did they barely notice it?

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  1. I think it helps parents to read other people’s experiences and especially to see photos. Thankfully, both of mine have had it now. #KCACOLS

  2. Three of my kids had the pox at the same time and the youngest was only 3 months. I think it was actually easier to deal with when she was so small because she didn’t notice them unlike the other two! #kcacols

  3. Oh that is a very nasty dose of the pox! My two had it in April… AT THE SAME TIME! It was hard work but then the major pro was our confinement only went on for a week and not 2. The pox are nasty. I’m glad it is usually a one time thing. #KCACOLS

  4. Chicken pox is so nasty. My daughter had them first and wasn’t too bad but my son ended up covered in them. We found oat baths soothing and piriton x

  5. My son got the pox one week before his first birthday. Started with a couple on his back on the Tuesday but he was perfectly fine in himself. By Thursday his face/hairline and torso were covered and he looked awful. We used a calamine mousse which was soothing for him. I still say now that day 3 and 4 were the worst then she started to improve and scab. The most frustrating thing is that they are most contagious before any spots come out so you can never know and keep them away from others. It’s like someone had a joke creating this illness! #KCACOLS

  6. It’s one of the things I frequently google!! My eldest had chicken pox twice (yes, apparently it can happen if they get it mildly at a young age the first time) but my younger two haven’t had it yet. Every time they get a fever, I’m symptom spotting! Lol! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

  7. Ah bless them. Poor jack. I’m not looking forward to little dude getting it.

    It’s worth making it more prominent too that IBUPROFEN/NUROFEN is a definite NO in chickenpox. It can be really dangerous if you haven’t seen the horror stories doing the rounds on Facebook.

    It’s really dangerous to be around pregnant women when you have chicken pox also.

    I didn’t get it until I was 10 and I remember collapsing in the playground. I had it pretty bad. I was a serial picker though which was so naughty. I still love a good pick.


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