My children had spots once. No, not the beautiful spots that you find on cheetahs and leopards, but ugly and sore spots as a result of a chickenpox outbreak. But I was not daunted because when I was a child, I had suffered the same fate. And my mom had taken me through it all undaunted. You see, chicken pox is common and can affect anyone, but children who have a weak immune system may suffer most. I have seen many parents panic, not knowing what to do. However, it should not be fatal.
But first, how do you know it is chicken pox? Firstly, when chickenpox starts to manifest, it starts without the rashes, and this is what many people are always looking out for. It can start with a fever, sore throat, headaches and other symptoms. But then, all these symptoms are also common for other diseases too. Thus, you may want to know much more about this before you can decide that yes, your child has got the spots.
Look out for itchy and red skin starting at the stomach and spreading to other parts of the body. No place is spared, except maybe the soles of the feet and the palms. Even the mouth and the genitals can be affected by this spots.
When the rash starts, it is likely to be mistaken for insect bites as it starts with small red pimples that develop consistently for 2 to 4 days. On the fifth day, they can start to change into blister filled pimples with thin walls. This will soon break, causing many small open sores. With time, these sores will start drying up and finally, they will turn to brown scabs, hence the name spots.
Chickenpox is contagious
It is very contagious and can spread fast from one child to another, or even from one adult to another if you were not vaccinated or you have not suffered your bout. If one child is affected, he or she should be kept in isolation until they heal. This does not mean grounded like, but the child’s items should not be mixed with other people’s items.
It could take up to two weeks for other children that come in touch with the sick kid to be affected. Sometimes it could be sooner than that. But with some care and keenness, you can prevent the spread of this infection.
How exactly is chickenpox spread? It is a viral infection and viruses can move from one person to another in many ways. Sneezing, coughs, touching the saliva of the affected person and even skin to skin contact with them can cause you to contract chicken pox.
Treating chicken pox
Take the child to the doctor as soon as possible so that they can get medication. The child has to stay indoors for the next seven days or so until they heal and the spots dry.
Take your children for the varicella vaccine. Children under the age of two years face the highest risk of suffering from chickenpox. However, adults who have not had an attack of chickenpox before, have not been vaccinated, have a weak immune system and those who are under medication for cancer are also at risk.