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#1 of 7 Old 09-12-2007, 01:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I think my 16 month old daughter might have chickenpox. She was really fussy for several days, didn't want to eat much, slept restlessly. And then she broke out in bumps on her torso, face, legs and arms. She seems to be feeling better now.

I'm hesitant to take her to the doctor because I'm dreading the doctor's response (since she's not vaccinated against chickenpox, and also the doctor is a long hot drive from us.) Do you think I should take her in? I'd like to know when we can go out in public again if it is chickenpox.
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No, I probably wouldn't go to the doc as long as it doesn't get "bad" or scary or anything. Obviously, if a sore gets infected or she shows signs of encephalitis, then go see someone. (I know...it goes without saying...just had to throw that in.)

But all a doc will do for basic chickenpox is look at her and say "Yeah, it's chickenpox."

It stops being contagious when the spots are crusted over.

Sounds like you're already most of the way through it.
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When my son had CP, the ped's office said, "PLEASE DON'T BRING HIM IN!" and a nurse confirmed his symptoms over the phone.

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Were they tiny bumps? It could have been roseola.

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The only reason I called my ped when my sons got CP was that I wanted it documented in their records. They didn't want me to bring them in - and they updated the records. I heard her say to someone else that they will meet you out in the parking lot to confirm if needed, but she didn't make us do that...
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Some of her spots are small (~1 mm), others are larger (~3 mm). I always thought roseola was more of a rash rather than spots...But who knows, it could be roseola - she really didn't seem very sick.

If this is chickenpox, should I be doing anything for my older child's immune system so he doesn't get a bad case when he catches it?
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Since this is a health discussion rather than a vaccination discussion lets keep posts to the original thread:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=749368
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