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Chicken Pox arrives again

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Last Monday morning (30th Sept) Lucas woke up with a few spots on his face and torso (escalating to complete coverage a day later), Chicken Pox is back! Almost exactly 2 weeks to the day after Felix got it. Felix’s experience was a walk in the park in comparison to that of poor little Lucas’s. The usually happy-go-lucky boy he is went out of the window and was replaced by a grumpy, tired, listless, moany creature. I felt so sorry for him. And his sleep progress which had been showing great promise went, along with my own happy-go-lucky nature.

So now that both boys have had chicken pox you start to build up a picture of how it affects them so differently. And how to treat their symptoms accordingly. Lucas unlike Felix got the virus in his mouth and ears and after a trip to the doctors to make sure he was OK, she prescribed calamine lotion and as directed by the doctor to calm his temperature we gave him paracetamol and ibuprofen consecutively at 2 hour intervals (each medication being administered 4 hours apart as instructed on the bottles). I kept a chart on the fridge so I could check what I’d given him and when – very, very important when you are tired from a lack of sleep. And for his age group you can only give them 2 lots of anti-histamine a day so we kept that for night time use only. This worked OK, but be prepared if your child looks like they have been stung by a band of very angry wasps you are going to be up all night. Prepare yourself for this and you will be more accepting and calm about it.

So things to remember about Chicken Pox:
1) Each outbreak can be completely different.
2) Calamine lotion is good for an overall coverage whereas the cream is good for targeting isolated areas.
3) Bath your child each night and apply the calamine lotion to their scalp when wet if they have spots on their head, it stops them clawing their head all night.
4) Be prepared to be up, try not to stress about the sleep routine too much. Everything is fixable! See Listening to advice for a pep-talk about rescuing the sleep routine another day.

Hope this helps some of you, and please remember always read the label on your child’s medication before administering it. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure. Sleep tight!

The dreaded Chicken Pox arrives to mess up our sleep routine!

We have been dreading this moment for the last three and a half years, after countless colds and coughs ruining our sleep progress.

Felix arrived back from Pre-School on Tuesday afternoon with chicken pox, we noticed a few red dots on the back of his neck that evening, by morning they had spread to his torso, arms and legs and by the following day they were on his face too. And in hindsight we now realise it started the weekend before, he was in an unbearable mood and nothing would curb his grumpiness and naughtiness – but he was sore and irritable so that makes sense now.

I prepared by buying calamine and glycerin lotion and ice lollies – just in case he got them in his mouth and stocked up on a liquid anti-histamine for night-time use so he wouldn’t scratch himself. But actually his sleep wasn’t too disturbed, we just made sure he wasn’t too hot at night and went to him when he woke. For once, something went our way!

We also made a point of taking both the boys out for a walk in the evening when there was no-one around, the fresh air and a change of scene helped his mood. But remember not to over exert your little ones, Chicken Pox leaves them tired and listless and with little or no appetite for food their energy levels are depleted.

Top tips to get you through Chicken Pox
- Ice Lollies – to help an itchy mouth
- A cool room to sleep in
- Anti-histamine (Please always read the label for dosage, and ask a pharmacist or doctor for advice before administering it)
- Go for evening walks, the fresh air will do your little one good and aid a good night’s sleep. Just make sure you keep away from public areas as there is a risk to new born babies and pregnant women.
- Tempt their taste buds with their favourite foods, don’t worry too much if they are not eating the right things like they normally do/should, do what you can to keep their energy levels up (within reason!).