The stages of Chicken Pox

The stages of Chicken Pox
For 3 years my son has been attending nursery; in prior years I've seen the notification for the number of Chicken Pox cases in the building go up around this time of year and wondered if Max would catch it.  As the prior years pass I wonder if he's immune to Chicken Pox or whether he'd had it so mild that I hadn't noticed or if that one spot on his face was the one and only........

Oh NO!

When they came, they came in force!!

Day 1 and you just know that spot, that spot right there looking a bit pus filled, rather round and looking NOTHING like a white head... that could well be the start, and then within the hour of seeing that one spot on the back of the neck, a friend appears near the ear.  My boy is in good spirits, he's happy, laughing, driving me crazy so maybe that's just a spot......check the tummy.

Oh here we have 3 spots that seem to appear before my eyes and off to the chemist I go to get some Calamine location and top up on Calpol.

Day 1 of Chicken Pox Spots
The first chicken pox spots to arrive
Day 2 and we have a few more spots appearing what feels like every few hours!  The spots have also starting to appear in my boy's scalp and this was causing him to scratch his head quite fiercely .  I managed to get him to stop scratching but he replaced it with rubbing or 'stroking' as he called it.

Day 2 of chicken pox
Day 2 of chicken pox
Day 3 and by the afternoon my boy was starting to feel the effects of chicken pox.  We had spent the morning in the fresh air and had a picnic out in the garden but by early afternoon the effects had started to take its toll.  My boy spent the afternoon confused, complaining of a soar throat and generally being uncomfortable in his own skin.  He slept at random points in the day, drank lots and lots of water and spent the afternoon having lots of cuddles and love.

Day 3 of Chicken Pox
Day 3 of Chicken Pox
Day 4 was the worst day for my boy, he was very quiet and spent most of the day watching Harry Potter in bed.  Spots had started to appear in his mouth and on his lips and making it difficult for him to smile.  He continued to be confused and uncomfortable and spent most of his time in just his pants.  He did seemed to enjoying putting the cream on and welcomed his Calpol today.

It was around now that we explained to Max that these spots would not be here forever, and would soon start to scab over and then disappear.  We explained the cream was to help with the itching and if he could resist the urge to scratch or pick them we would treat him to an extra special present.  He chose Jurassic World Lego.  I'm not surprised, the boy likes Parma ham - he has expensive taste....

For me, this was my worst day of Max's chicken pox.  I know how that sounds, and it's not about me, but it is, it's about me, my partner and my son.  It's about us, as his parents helpless and just being put on the sideline whilst our baby boy suffers with this horrid disease.  My boy was really struggling this day with his throat.  I called the doctor and was told to continue to keep him cool, give him cream for the itching and Calpol for temperature but if I was concerned to bring him in.

Day 4 Chicken Pox
Our worst day - Day 4 of Chicken Pox
Day 5 and the first of the spots have started to scab over - thank goodness, but we are also getting new ones just starting to blister.  Max has started to feel better in himself today but still contagious and so restricted to our garden and grandad's garden.

Day 5 Chicken Pox
Day 5 old pox scabbing and new ones still coming out.
Day 6 and my boy is back to himself within himself, such a relief to me, he can drive me batty as much as he likes right now!  Still waiting for the last spot to scab over before taking him out, and it is the quarantine period that is now starting to take its toll on him.

Day 6 chicken pox
Day 6 Chicken Pox starting to scab over
Day 7 Scabs
Finally on Day 8 the last of the spots that came out - which was on his feet and some rather large ones at that, finally decided it was time to scab over and allow us all to go out and about again!!

Stomach clearing up nicely
Day 10 chicken pox
Still there, first of his spots 10 days later
Day 11 and slowly fading away.

Day 14 and the first of the spots are finally beginning to fade away.
We have had a horrid time with these spots.  Apparently I had it really bad when I was a child but I don't remember, all I remember is being promised a pull along telephone if I didn't pick any of my spots - and you know what, in cases like this I'm all for bribery!  I never picked my spots and my son hasn't picked his!

I've summarised below the stages of my boy's chicken pox - it was not a pleasant couple of weeks, but crafting, movies and lots and lots of love got us through it.

The stages of chicken pox



20 comments:

  1. Really thank you for this I'm on day 2 and none if the other pics look like my little girls...except yours on day 2! Thanks again xx

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    1. Thank you for your comment, you must be well into the chicken pox cycle now. Hopefully it's not been too painful for your little girl and stressful for you xx

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  2. Thanks for doing this. Really helpful. Just on day 5. Still new ones coming out. Hard keeping him occupied indoors! xx

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    1. That's the worst I found, was trying to keep him indoors or restricted to the garden. Maybe go out at twilight? If your child is anything like mine, day and night merged when he had chicken pox xx

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    2. Yeah. Luckily we've been doing bits in the garden and loves drives out in the car. When are they safe to go places? Never sure when this is xx

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    3. Yes that's an idea. Haha. Glad we've got the garden tho and loves car rides. When are they safe to go out? So not contagious? Thank you xx

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    4. Apparently Nursery would only allow my son back when the last of the spots scabbed over! So on day 5 we still had new ones coming out! He was off around 2 weeks in total.

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  3. Great job documenting the stages. We are on day 4 and thanks to this blog, I knew I could expect this to be the worst of it. I've been documenting our experience for any friends or family that get it so they have an idea how it progresses but have also sent links to your blog for reference. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I'm sorry your child has it as bad as our boy did, but they bounce back quick enough, I think I took longer to recovery. He only has 1 scar too, which I'm rather proud of him for considering how many he had ! xx

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  4. This is very informative but I wish I hadn't read it until the pox had gone, lol. We're only on day 2 and now I'm dreading days 3/4/5. So many kids at my son's nursery have it at the moment so I'll share this to FB for them :) x

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    1. Oh sorry about that, hope your little one is taking it all well so far. I found day 4 the worse for us, but I'm sure it differs for each child. Best wishes to your little one x

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  5. Brilliant timeline. Really useful and not scaremongering like a lot of people. My daughter is on day 2 and I'm on day 1 by the looks of it. Yes we both have it. She is 1 and I'm 30.

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    1. Sorry to hear you have chickenpox too Tom, I hope your recovery is as fast as your daughters - lots of rest where you can x

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  6. AnonymousJune 14, 2017

    Thanks I've been constantly googling chickenpox found your day by day guard a massive help. Currently on day 2 after finding that massive motherspot, 12.30am and my poor dd age 5 is having a tough itchy night. Feel so helpless it's awful, day 4 tomorrow not looking forward. Thanks for your blog day to day match what we are going through right now! X

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    1. Thank you for your comment, if it's any consolation they bounce back so quickly! I do hope you have a garden or a nice quite location you can take DD today to enjoy the sunshine and just wait it out :(

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  7. AnonymousJune 21, 2017

    Thank you for your blog.My son is on day 5 and they are drying out nicely with the help of bicarbonate of soda in the bath.It has been hell for him in 30 degree heat.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear your boy has had chicken pox in the middle of a heat wave! Get well soon x

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  8. AnonymousJune 26, 2017

    Thank you so much! My little girl is on day 2 I was relieved to find your photos. Her spots are 'atypical' apparently so finding your timeline shows me they are not so 'atypical' at all! phew...

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I'm pleased it has helped, my boy got really fed up with my taking pictures of his spots, but I wanted it to help others, and to put people's mind at rest, that we had it bad, but we got through it OK - well Max far better than me x

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  9. I'm an adult but thanks for this log!!!

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