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Chicken pox how to spot them?

Asked by sandystrachan (4407points) March 21st, 2009

and how to treat them in infants

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marinelife's avatar

From Kids Health

“Chickenpox causes a red, itchy rash on the skin that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals. The rash begins as multiple small, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid, which becomes cloudy. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs.

Chickenpox blisters are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide, have a reddish base, and appear in bouts over 2 to 4 days. ”

There is treatment information there too.

kandysman's avatar

They cover a large portion of your body quickly. They look like big zits with no head on them. There red

cak's avatar

If I’m not mistaken – unless it’s an old wife’s tale – also, if the child is overheated – say overdressed, that can cause them to spread faster. Something about the heat.

If you suspect chicken pox, I’d call the on call doctor and let them know what is going on. They will probably ask if the baby is running a temp, as well. Be prepared to know that info.

fireinthepriory's avatar

Yeah, I’d call the doctor. Safe bet. :) Infants usually don’t get chicken pox very badly though, so that’s lucky. Once you’re 12 or so, if you get them you are down for the count! Forget about being an adult who’s never gotten them. They’ll just immunize you.

marinelife's avatar

By the way, I loved the pun in the question: chicken pox, spot.

casheroo's avatar

You’ll definitely want to get it checked out by a doctor. Children need a documented case of chicken pox, for them to be exempt from the vaccine for school. Sometimes though, that’s not enough and they insist on the vaccine. I’m not sure if you can check titers for chicken pox.
Marina provided a good link. How old is your child?? Just make sure they stay hydrated.

galileogirl's avatar

Usually infants in child care get them rather than those who stay home. If this is the case, call the caregiver. unfortunately children are infectious a couple of days before the pox appear.

There is another option though. Roseola has a rash more pronounced than measles but not as bumpy a chicken pox. With roseola there can be a fever spike in the late afternoon. You cool the baby down and it goes away pretty quickly but then recurs in late afternoon for 2–3 more days. It is less infectious than measles or chicken pox and when most babies get it, it is thought to be just a heat rash. The spiking fever is not that common.

Darwin's avatar

When my kids got chicken pox (ages 1 and 3) what was amazing is that you could see the pox forming in front of your eyes. One second there would be two or three, then suddenly 5, 8, 12 and so on. In both kids it started on their upper backs and then spread.

My son’s case was the worst and was focused on the area between belly button and knees so we left him as undressed as possible and gave him a lot of cool baths with oatmeal.

This tells you basically what my doctor told me about treating chicken pox. Fortunately, really little babies don’t usually get a bad case if their mom has had chicken pox in the past because they still have some of the antibodies they picked up in the womb.

laxrrockr18's avatar

but i dont know how to spot them cuz ive never had them

galileogirl's avatar

They appear first around the crotch and armpits because those are the warmest areas.

sandystrachan's avatar

thanks everyone
turns out its some infection that looks like the starting stages of chicken pox.but its nothing like chicken pox in any way other than the looks of the rash

Darwin's avatar

Glad to hear it. You really don’t want to deal with chicken pox in an infant. It makes the baby miserable and leaves you feeling helpless.

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