Coping with Chicken Pox

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Since last Thursday LP has had chicken pox, he's been uncomfortable, tired, coughing and sneezing, and sleeping. It's been a while since I had to cope with chicken pox, BP was just two years old when he caught it and it was so easy.

BP slept the majority of the time and he didn't get many spots, it was easy to cope with and as a result I was lured into a false sense of security! 



When LP caught the chicken pox I thought it would be just as easy, he'd sleep a lot of the time, I'd give him paracetamol and it would be a breeze.

How wrong I was!


Thursday was fairly easy, he only had a few spots and they weren't itchy yet but that was just the start. On Friday morning when LP got out of bed he had more spots and was starting to get uncomfortable. I gave him paracetamol and covered him in calamine lotion and he was happy enough to play afterwards.

There was a big change on Saturday though, loads more spots appeared covering his back, torso, legs, and arms. On Friday night he'd been out of bed 10 times, I'd given him more paracetamol but couldn't make him feel better. He felt awful and there was nothing I could do to take it away. He spent all of Saturday being covered with calamine lotion, being given medicine, and watching movies. 

The problem was that LP is an active child and he doesn't really know how to rest. He kept getting up off the sofa wanting to do something. He couldn't understand that the best way to feel better was to rest.



On Saturday evening he seemed to have realised that staying on the sofa was the only way he felt better and he continued watching movies. 

We let him stay up late, trying to ensure he'd get lots of sleep, and he didn't go to bed until after 9pm. Saturday night was better and he didn't get up, but again on Sunday he had even more spots.

Now they covered his face, bottom, feet, even on his head under his hair! He was terribly uncomfortable. I gave him a bath and covered him in calamine lotion, more paracetamol, and Piriton too. He spent all day complaining about itching and wriggling constantly. The only time he forgot about the itching was when he was watching movies. Again, I made him lay on the sofa and watch movies.

And now we're on Monday...

He seems a little better today, he says the itching is easier to cope with. New spots are still appearing though, he has them inside his ear, in his mouth, and on the bottom of his feet. 

I had no idea it could be this bad!

My boys are rarely ill, I don't often have to cope with being up in the night and taking care of them. When it does happen I automatically go into Supermum mode and do everything I can to look after them. The down side to this is that I end up wiped out and once they are better I end up getting ill. 

I'm hoping that we've passed the peak of the illness and LP will soon be back to himself. It's awful seeing my usually happy, active boy struck down by this horrible disease.

Diary of an imperfect mum

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  1. Aww! Bless him! I really hope he's over the worst. Get well soon your boy x

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  2. Poor love, I am so glad he is starting to feel a bit better now. It is awful when your kids are sick and there's nothing you can do. I am the same as you I go into super mummy mode and then end up exhausted. remember to take care of yourself too 🌸 TY for linking up with #FamilyFun 🌸

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    1. It really is, thanks Catie. I'm trying to take care of myself, but it's difficult, I tend to forget I need to rest too! ;)

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  3. Oh no, it is such a nasty disease, I dont know why they dont offer vaccinations for it, I looked into it and it is 150 pounds per child :( Hope he is feeling better soon and you are taking care of yourself too #FamilyFun
    x

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    1. Thanks Yvonne, he's definitely over the worst of it now. Just need to wait for the spots to heal. 😀

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  4. Poor guy. Glad to read that he's feeling better now

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  5. There really is nothing worse than seeing your little one ill and being able to do very little to make them better but just letting it runs its course. Our little girl had chicken pox at Easter a few years ago. She was grouchy and unsettled in the night a few days before the spots appeared but of course we didn't know until the spots came out... and boy did they come out, quickly and everywhere! Hope you don't get ill from being run-down now Morgan.. Thanks for hosting #pocolo

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    1. Thanks Carol. That's usually how it goes isn't it? Once your little one is all better you come down with something. I'm okay so far, but I expect it'll hit me when he goes back to school! :)

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  6. oh dear i do hope your son is better soon, i don't really remember my kids having chicken pox, i just messaged the eldest to ask him if he ever had it, to which he replied yes, the middle one had bad spots and the youngest just had it but wasn't that bad

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  7. My son got this few weeks ago and then a week after got a flu. I was thinking my son is like a virus/bacteria magnet and is getting all the bugs from school!

    I am going to make sure that he will get a lot of rest this term break cuz my son really lost so much weight and he is the smallest in school already.

    Get well soon to LP!

    #pocolo

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    1. Oh goodness that's not good! I know how you feel though, they seem to get lots of stuff all at once don't they? LP is much better now, thank you. xx

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  8. I can still remember how horrible and itchy having chicken pox was. I hope he's feeling lots better now! x #pocolo

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    1. Thanks Jessica, he is much better. xx

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  9. Oh bless, I am dreading my kids getting it! My oldest boy is nearly 4 and I'm really hoping he gets it before he starts school, but we're running out of time...! Am debating getting him vaccinated, actually...can't decide.

    Hope your boy recovers soon, good luck! Thanks for hosting #pocolo

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    1. Thanks honey. To be honest I think the younger they get it the better, (of course you don't want them to be too young!). LP just turned 7, but he was really good and didn't scratch. I think it's really down to luck as to whether they get it.

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  10. Hi Morgan, OoooOOoo it sounds as if LP has it nasty. On the plus side when it's over, it's over. My daughter got it quite bad, when she was young and I remember sleepless nights snuggled in front the telly to try and take her mind off it and not to disturb everyone else.

    I hope your son is back to his lively, happy self very soon.

    xx

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie, it was really bad and lasted for days. But I'm happy to say I have my lively happy boy back now. xx

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  11. Sounds like a really full-on version of chicken pox! My eldest had it so mildly the first time that he ended up getting it again! Neither of my older two have had it anything like this though. My youngest has yet to get it though... Get well soon LP x

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    1. It really was Maddy. BP had it easy by comparison, LPs spots are still clearing up now but he is back to his lively self, thank goodness! :)

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  12. Hope you're all feeling better now. There's loads of it around at the moment :(

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    1. Thanks hun, yes there were lots of children at his school with it. At least it's over now though. xx

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  13. Aww bless him - hope it's better now! I had it 3 times as a child - none of that becoming immune for me! It was more fun each time though, as each time I felt less actually ill with it. By the third one it was just time off school to be spotty! I remember feeling rubbish first time though. My girls haven't had it yet (& I have no idea if I am now finally immune so could be interesting!) #PoCoLo

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    1. Oh no! I didn't realise you could get it over and over again! I obviously knew there was a chance of getting it again but, gosh, that must've been horrid. I hope you don't get it again!!

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  14. hope your son gets better soon. I had chicken pox really bad when I was little. My mum swears blind I had chicken pox in my ears and under my finger nails! xx
    #PoCoLo

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    1. Wow, under your finger nails too?! LP is all better now but you can still see where his spots were. Thanks hun xx

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  15. Hope he's well on the way to be mended - it's a terrible disease which my husband had a couple of years ago at 40+ - and he swears his chicken pox had chicken pox. #pocolo

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    1. Thanks Steph, he's all better now. The Hubby and I were talking about it and said LP did much better than we would've done with the scratching. I'm not sure I could've coped. It must've been bad for your husband too then? xx

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  16. I d hope he is all fully recovered now.

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