How long does chickenpox last??

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my son is 14 months he caught chickenpox from another person that had it at walmart, Bradley put his mouth on the basket and Im sure thats how he caught it. He had the spots for over a week, no new spots are appearing just the same ones please any advise would help thanks.

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Kate CP - posted on 08/04/2011

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A neat trick for those without AC or if your AC is struggling (like mine is here in Dallas) is to get a bucket of ice and put a fan behind it, blowing over the ice and into the room. Tada. Instant AC unit.

Jodi - posted on 08/04/2011

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I was home for a week with my son when he had it. Once the spots have scabbed over they are no longer contagious. But it probably took another week for them to totally disappear.

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011

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oh I thought u mean t ceiling fans lol yes we have isolating fans and actually I never thought about that cause we just got a new air condition unit outside so usually it gets pretty cool in the back part of the house but imma go take those out right now he just always tries to pull them down lol

Jane - posted on 08/04/2011

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There are even really cheap little ones at places like Walgreens, less than 10 bucks if you can find that amount. I have also sat beside my son and fanned him with a sheet of cardboard to help him sleep.

I'm in Southern Texas, where it is also really hot.

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011

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no we dont but my hubby was just saying maybe we should get some, were a lil tight on money right now but when we can defently :)

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011

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Oh my goodness bless his heart, It just seems his bumps arent getting any better but I understand its gotta run its course.. It gets soo hot in the house over here in southeast Texas no matter how low I put the temp it still feels so hot I do cloth diapers so I just keep him in that no clothes until bed time when its cooler

Jane - posted on 08/04/2011

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If he has a light case then no harm done.



Being in the sun can cause your child to become overheated and sweaty, which may make him more uncomfortable and increase his itching. Also, the areas where chickenpox lesions are healing are also more prone to sunburn until they have totally healed and they are more likely to permanently scar if exposed to too much direct sunlight.



My son had a horrible case - he was one giant chickenpox from his knees to his waist and basically spent two weeks in the bathtub so he wouldn't have to wear a diaper.

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011

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OMG Jane Im suppose to keep him out the son? I feel horrible the other day we had to go get groceries and I had to take him I hope I didnt make it worse man I feel so bad :(

Christy - posted on 08/04/2011

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He may not know "how to scratch" so that's good. It's awfully itchy, I remember that.

Jane - posted on 08/04/2011

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Two weeks typically. Then he may still have spots but they just have to heal. He won't be contagious and will no longer need to avoid the sun.

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011

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Dang, well I don't see him itching as much but sometimes he looks very uncomfortable , I wonder how many times a day I should put that lotion cause I put it when I dont see the pink on him like it absorbed . He got the vaccine when he was 12 months so I think that defently helped hes only got maybe 20 or so bumps all over verses 500. There only on his arm legs and face

Christy - posted on 08/04/2011

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They should. It takes time for the sores to go away completely. They get nasty looking (almost infected looking) then as they start drying up, that's what the real itching starts. I got it when I was 14 and they didn't dry up COMPLETELY until 2-3 weeks later. I picked at my sores bad, though. It would probably have lasted less time if I hadn't done that.

Maegan - posted on 08/04/2011

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thank you Christy, Ive been putting calimine lotion all over him to hopefully dry them up faster and tylanol or motrin for the fever and itching also oatmeal bathes.. Do you think itll go away soon?

Christy - posted on 08/04/2011

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It is contagious typically before the spots appear. Altogether it lasts about 2 weeks. Put socks or mittens on his hands at night to prevent scratching and scarring.

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