chicken pox!

My horrible feeling has been confirmed! Nearly 7 months old now and Sean has chicken pox! Ian had just had it.Though we tried to separate them as part of preventive measure, seem impossible to avoid the other from contracting it.

I noticed a red spot that looked like a blister on his bum when I bathed him last friday. There were a couple of other tiny red spots in other parts of his body too. This morning, the spots doubled and looked bigger, even cropping up on his head! He has lost a little bit of appetite. I have read that the older you are, the worse they are. So, in a way, I am glad that he has it now. I just hope his is not a severe case.  Ian’s was just a mild one.

Sean had his immunization jabs for HEP B and Measles a week ago. As a result, he had fever on and off for four days and had just recovered.  His appetite picked up right after and yesterday, it was down again. Poor Sean.  What’s comforting is, he has low grade (or none) temperature.

Chicken pox do itch. Itching is a sign that our body is doing its job defending itself( When Sean starts scratching here and there and makes soft crys, these surely indicate the itching uncomfortable. Before finally dozing off at night, he would toss left and right for quite sometime, touch his face, ear or head.

Yes, this thing called chicken pox makes sleeping difficult!

Apart from the calamine lotion and an oral prescription, to help reduce the swelling and itching, we have also grabbed some dried leaves, stems, etc. to be brewed for herbs for his bath, just like we did on Ian. I think these baths do wonders to relieve the itching – its calming effect is obvious. Sean napped more than two hours after bath this morning!

When Ian had his chicken pox, he felt but little itchiness. Applying talcum powder to the affected areas (as a compress) equally helps.  This ”ordeal” is supposed to end after 3 to 4 days. In a week to 10 days, the  liquid-filled blisters called vesicles will have formed scabs and the itching should then slowly fade. (

Just a little sharing:  Ian asked why Chicken Pox is called chicken pox. I googled and actually came across a site that explained the reason the word ‘chicken’ is used.  It is supposed to be a synonym to ‘cowardly’ or ‘weak’.  The disease has nothing to do with chicken. Ian’s next question was, “why is the chicken weak?”   “Afraid of what?”