Following is another family’s experience with chickenpox. They attended a pox playtime at our house within the first three days of our children’s outbreak. Names have been changed to protect identity.
Nancy D. a mother of 4-year-old Claudia and 11-month-old Cullen (who is still nursing) writes:
“Overall, our chicken pox experience was manageable. Claudia got the worst of it, with 200 or so spots. She had about 30 on her scalp! But, she did not scratch or pick at them. She had one really rough night, because they were so itchy. She had four oatmeal baths between 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. It looks like she will come out scar-free. Most of her scabs are gone at this point, and she will be re-joining Preschool this afternoon.
Cullen, on the other hand, didn’t have any pox appear until Thursday (four days after Claudia). His case was very mild, with 50 or 60 spots total. He seemed completely unaffected by it and didn’t seem to be itching. His worst day was Sunday, and it really wasn’t too bad. He was just kind of tired and whiny. The last of his chicken pox scabbed over yesterday, so he will not be contagious tomorrow. Yeah! We are so proud of our kids’ immune systems! If you ask Claudia, she will tell you a lot about white blood cells.”