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.
- Flu/cold like
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.