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MamaMae's Avatar MamaMae 09:18 PM 05-11-2002
DS (15mos) has had a high fever, no appetite, restless sleeping for the past three days. I thought it was teething. But today I finally figured out we've got the Chicken Pox! I'm psyched...we tried to expose him to it several months ago, but it didn't work....and then all of a sudden, it just appeared! Yeah!

So now that it's here...we're asking ourselves "did we really WANT this?" I'd love to hear others' strategies for coping with chicken pox, naturally. Not really interested in using tylenol or calamine lotion, which is all I remember about CP from childhood.

What made your babe more comfortable during CP?

I've been putting calendula on his pox, and I've been giving him chamomile as well. What else?

Thanks so much for any tips!

peggy's Avatar peggy 10:30 PM 05-11-2002
Ah!! In the day when it was "normal" for children to get Chicken Pox I had four of mine come down with them at once!!! All we did was set up my family room like an infirmary, give as many oatmeal baths that they could stand and hang in there until it was over!!

peggy
hippiemom's Avatar hippiemom 10:46 PM 05-11-2002
oatmeal baths, baking soda baths, someone to read me to sleep, play quiet games and keep me distracted during the day, and definately calendula salve. these are things i remember having when i had CP as a kid. aviva jill romm offers good suggestions in "natural healing for babies and children". good luck! the really uncomfortable stage thankfully does not last too long...
Stacie's Avatar Stacie 12:50 PM 05-12-2002
Oatmeal baths are the best. Lots of movies. good stories. quiet things to do in bed. I also set living room up - we made a tent under the dining room table and went "camping".

Encourage liquids. And lots of oatmeal baths.
MamaMae's Avatar MamaMae 03:35 PM 05-12-2002
Thanks for all the tips! I woke up this morning expecting the "rash" to have turned into clearer pox spots. But it looks like its going away. Now I'm wondering if it wasn't chicken pox at all, but roseola instead. Hmmmnnnn....guess we'll know for sure in a day or two!!

But the suggestions for lots of TLC apply no matter what he has! Thanks!
yoga's Avatar yoga 11:19 PM 05-12-2002
I don't want to bum anybody out, but I'd like to say that getting chicken pox too early doesn't always work. I had it when I was 5 and then again, when I was 17. I guess it was too mild when I was 5, or something like that.


AutumnMoonfire's Avatar AutumnMoonfire 12:41 PM 05-14-2002
My 18 mos old has been exposed to chicken pox. The kid who has it has had it confirmed...but I am worried and confused because she did have roseola last week, 2 days of 103-105 range temps but otherwise not ill and a rash that faded after a day or two on her legs.

Has anyone seen chicken pox start with such a high fever? It's more common for chicken pox to cause a low fever and a grumpy tired kidlet who's fever lingers after the skin lesions appear. I am presumably immune having had it at 6, will my breastfeeding help her not get cp? My immunity will be confirmed by a bloodtest tomorrow, as I work with newborns this must happen.

Qustions questions questions...I know one thing, she's gonna have a varicella titre before she gets that darn chickenpox shot. Any info folks can give me about chickenpox will be greatly appreciated

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valeria_vi's Avatar valeria_vi 01:59 PM 05-14-2002
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Originally posted by Chaka Falls
I don't want to bum anybody out, but I'd like to say that getting chicken pox too early doesn't always work. I had it when I was 5 and then again, when I was 17. I guess it was too mild when I was 5, or something like that.

I would say it is different for everybody. I had CP when i was 2. my mom says i had tons of them all over my body (including my genitals!) and i never got it again. it is possible i was never exposed to it after that, i cannot say for sure, but it is also possible that i do have my immunity for life even though i got it young.
botton line is, everybody's body *lol* is different.

yoga's Avatar yoga 08:58 PM 05-15-2002
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Originally posted by AutumnMoonfire
Has anyone seen chicken pox start with such a high fever? It's more common for chicken pox to cause a low fever and a grumpy tired kidlet who's fever lingers after the skin lesions appear.
When I got chicken pox at 17, I had a fever of 102. That's the whole reason I got sent home from school. I don't know if that's considered "low" or not, but it was a fever (personally, I consider it high). I remember sweating alot while I had it, kinda like the flu now that I think about it. Of course, at the time, I had never had the flu, so I wouldn't have known that then. I was so hot! And my mom didn't want me to take a bath too often, so I didn't for the 1st 3 days, I think. It sucked!! She finally let me take an oatmeal bath, but it didn't help with the itching.

My poor mom! She had 3 of us with it at the same time...blah!
AutumnMoonfire's Avatar AutumnMoonfire 10:31 PM 05-15-2002
102 is a high fever for a 17 year old, but I'm talking scortcher, 104 type stuff that little ones run more often than adults do.

I got my work to run a blood test to make sure I am immune and now it's really just a waiting game.
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