Saturday 22 August 2015

A Chicken Pox Update

Things have been rather quiet on here, and if you have checked my social media recently, you may have noticed that the boys seem to be sporting a new look - it seems this is the summer of chicken pox!

Archie caught it first, probably from nursery where it was doing the rounds at the end of term, and I didn't realise at the time how mildly he got it.  He was more irritable than usual (although two year olds aren't known for being rational), but he never scratched, and his spots have all healed now, leaving no signs that he caught the virus.

Finn followed second, coming out with a few spots, but on day four he was still coming out with fresh spots and had a temperature.  I took him to the pharmacy, who booked us a GP appointment, who sent us to hospital.  Finn wasn't able to keep his temperature or heart rate down and some of his spots were starting to get infected.  We were admitted to the children's ward on Monday so that they could keep an eye on him.

We were well looked after and after 48 hours his temperature was back below thirty eight degrees and his heart rate within normal range.  New spots had stopped appearing, but unfortunately the ones in his eyelids had made them swell.  Poor Finn couldn't catch a break! Luckily he is now on the mend and on Thursday night we made it home armed with medications.  Finn is immeasurably happier at home - I think he thrives on the chaos and noise of his two big brothers.

As chicken pox is so contagious, it was only a matter of time before Dylan caught it, and as we brought Finn home, I noticed a few spots.  The next day he woke up pretty covered and rather unhappy about it too.  

We are pretty much quarantined until the last spots have crusted over, which means nowhere too public.  Our summer is being ruled by chicken pox, but at least we can still go outside, choosing the parks that are always empty, and plenty of playdates with friends that either have already had the virus, or who wan't it out the way before school.

We have got through more calpol this summer than in the four years I have been a parent and I finally worked out what bicarbonate of soda is for! Expect the boys to look rather on the spotty side in photos for the next couple of weeks!

chicken pox baby, 5 month old chicken pox, 5 month old in hospital

1 comment:

  1. You guys have had such a tough time. It seems like one thing after another - I hope you have a good few months/years without illness soon. Just seen your in hospital with Dylan - I hope he's better soon too x


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