What with the challenges of getting used to our new baby, dealing with a 3 year old with tonsillitis and chicken pox within the space of a month, travelling to wet west Wales to the in-laws for Easter and having some sort of flu-like bug myself, spare time has been pretty limited!
- Chlorphenamine (Piriton) is a good choice if your wee one is incredibly itchy. It can help them get a good night's sleep as well. Although had no noticable effect on my boy!
- Topical products seem to stop the itching for a little while. Take your pick from:
Calamine lotion - the smell took me back to a far away place in time. Very soothing and my small boy liked dabbing it on himself.
Calamine in aqueous cream - not as messy as the lotion or as drying to the skin
Virasoothe gel seemed to be the best we tried. Nice to apply, very cooling and soothing.
There are some new products just out that we didn;t get round to trying this time. We'll need to wait for the next child to get chicken pox to test more products!
- It is possible to get chicken pox twice. We are pretty sure that our boy had it when he was about a year old, but a very mild dose. Perhaps not a good enough whack to give him immunity?
- A 3 year old can be too poorly to even watch peppa pig! Now that must be proper poorly.
- The spots in the hair itch the most.
- Breast feeding really does protect newborns - or so it would seem. That means we'll go through it all again when the younger brother goes to nursery.
- Small children can't often explain where things hurt. A sore neck turned out to be tonsillitis!