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Old 01.05.2011, 22:03
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Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

Oh the joy! My daughter fine this morning suddenly has the pox this evening....lovely.....anyone else's kid got it at the moment.....?
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Old 01.05.2011, 22:47
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

If she is young she might not get too ill. Ask the doctor for hay fever pills to reduce the itching. Keep her cool if she gets a temperature.

I hope you have all had the disease already! At the age of 32 I was unconscious for 2 days. At the age of 64 my girl friend nearly died last year in Solothurn hospital. It is a very dangerous virus for adults.

Please keep your daughter at home until no longer infectious.
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Old 01.05.2011, 22:57
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

Varicella is very dangerous. However, around 98% of the population in the planet have antibodies against this virus.
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Old 01.05.2011, 23:03
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

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If she is young she might not get too ill. Ask the doctor for hay fever pills to reduce the itching. Keep her cool if she gets a temperature.

I hope you have all had the disease already! At the age of 32 I was unconscious for 2 days. At the age of 64 my girl friend nearly died last year in Solothurn hospital. It is a very dangerous virus for adults.

Please keep your daughter at home until no longer infectious.
I second this as well. I had it around the age of 40, and was more ill than I have ever been in my life, days of fever so high I should have been hospitalized.

Please keep your kids inside until all the sores have crusted over. You never know who might cross your path that hasn't had it yet.
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Old 01.05.2011, 23:23
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Is she Fidgety too? Sorry, just kidding, I wish your daughter better.
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Old 01.05.2011, 23:32
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Arrghh - hope she gets better soon. What is calamine lotion called in CH, or does it exist (yeah I know I'm Swiss, but I have no idea).
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But Calamine lotion brings almost zero relief. I know! Go the anti-histamine route.
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Old 02.05.2011, 01:05
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

I caught it the first winter in Zurich. My three kids also caught it...

I was delirious for two days, and extremely cranky for several more...quarantined in a 5 star hotel in Chennai (Madras)...so glad my mum booked 5 star! - one holiday I'd rather forget...

We definitely have it going around my son's Kindergarten in Zurich at the moment.

The Pharmacy will sell you something for the skin. I'd recommend it only to try to cover the spots to reduce the chance if secondary infections...
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Old 02.05.2011, 01:26
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

Definitely seems to be going around. The girl who sits at the desk opposite me had the pox about a month ago. And I heard earlier in the week, that the daughter of a friend has also contracted the illness (at age 10 months!)

Hope you guys get better soon.
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Old 02.05.2011, 02:06
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No chicken pox at home here (touch wood), but the staff at my son's kita in Basel Land told me two weeks ago that a girl there had come to school that day with chicken pox. (Thanks, considerate parents ...)
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Old 02.05.2011, 02:13
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

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No chicken pox at home here (touch wood), but the staff at my son's kita in Basel Land told me two weeks ago that a girl there had come to school that day with chicken pox. (Thanks, considerate parents ...)
Actually the doctors advise that the kids with chicken [I]do[I] go to school as it is important that the children catch it at a young age, as the effects if caught at a much later age can be devastating.
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

Colloidal oatmeal baths helped my kids when they were suffering with the itchiness of chicken pox. I don't know if it is available in CH, but Aveeno makes a oatmeal bath product that you get at the pharmacy (it comes in a packet and you add it to the bath water). If you want to make your own, here is a website that describes how to do it: http://www.ehow.com/how_5165940_make...meal-bath.html


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Actually the doctors advise that the kids with chicken [I]do[I] go to school as it is important that the children catch it at a young age, as the effects if caught at a much later age can be devastating.
Wow, that is really surprising! In the US, if you think your child has chicken pox, not only are you forbidden from being in school, but in addition the pediatrician generally won't even let you come into the front door of the office in order to have the diagnosis confirmed (you get to use the "contagious kid" back door to the special exam room, away from everyone else). Is the varicella vaccine not available in Switzerland?
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Actually the doctors advise that the kids with chicken [I]do[I] go to school as it is important that the children catch it at a young age, as the effects if caught at a much later age can be devastating.
Our friends, who we met at an outdoor play area were letting their son play with the other kids with a full blown case. They had the same theory. My son was there too and we are leaving for holiday this week. Now we have to wait and see.
I think I prefer the method my Mom used, find a kid with chicken pox and expose your kid to them on purpose, knowing full well what will happen. The "expose the public" approach may well ruin the only holiday we're getting this year, and I can't say I'm thrilled about it.
Naturally, I will completely change my mind if my son gets it later in life and suffers.
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Problem is, exposing vulnerable adults, on chemo, or with some conditions, can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. Imagine spending a couple of years fighting cancer, operation, chemo, radiotherapy- getting to the see the light at the end of the tunnel- then brought down by an encounter with a kid with chickenpox at Migros I was pinned down at home for a long time as our 2 got it one after the other- but we kept them to ourselves with visits from friends who already got it until all sores properly crusted over (stupid timing .. as I'd just started my Degree at Uni). Get healthy kids together to catch it - but don't expose the general public to it, please, as you can't know how fragile some may be.

Kids seem to be really helped by calamine lotion if I remember my own well, as well as anti-histamine.
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Is the varicella vaccine not available in Switzerland?
It is but you normally have to explicitly ask for it as not part of the routine suggested vaccinations.

We decided to vaccinate as our pediatrician gave us pros and cons, and also made us think how we would cope if our child got it etc etc etc and so we went for it. I think however we are in the minority...

But I must say it feels good when I am down at the playground of my building and am greeted with "Did you hear? so and so has chicken pox and they live in your building ARGH" and I do not have to worry....

Personal choices I guess and we are happy with ours!

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I got it when I was ten and I stayed home for 2 weeks happiest days ever! To OP sorry about your girl! it sucks but in the end it is better as others have said to get it while young. Hope the little one gets better soon!
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Re: Chicken pox has arrived at my house this evening!

Yes..even i got it when i was in school..in 5th standard..and rested almost for 3 weeks at home
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It is but you normally have to explicitly ask for it as not part of the routine suggested vaccinations.

We decided to vaccinate as our pediatrician gave us pros and cons, and also made us think how we would cope if our child got it etc etc etc and so we went for it. I think however we are in the minority...

But I must say it feels good when I am down at the playground of my building and am greeted with "Did you hear? so and so has chicken pox and they live in your building ARGH" and I do not have to worry....

Personal choices I guess and we are happy with ours!

Ciao
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As a teacher, I had several kids who had been vaccinated that got it anyway. This was several years ago though. Did your child's doctor mention if the vaccine has been improved, or if they may still get it?
Just wondering, because if my son doesn't get it now, I am booking a dr's appt for the vaccine asap! I hadn't considered it previously because I thought it was rather hit or miss.
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As a teacher, I had several kids who had been vaccinated that got it anyway. This was several years ago though. Did your child's doctor mention if the vaccine has been improved, or if they may still get it?
Just wondering, because if my son doesn't get it now, I am booking a dr's appt for the vaccine asap! I hadn't considered it previously because I thought it was rather hit or miss.

I think the vaccine is still pretty much hit and miss. I know several people who have caught chichenpox after being vaccinated. The most recent being only last year so I don't think the vaccine has improved significantly.
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Actually the doctors advise that the kids with chicken do go to school as it is important that the children catch it at a young age, as the effects if caught at a much later age can be devastating.
Most schools and daycare won't allow the kids back in until the spots have crusted over completely.

Besides that, it would be a bit cruel to send a kid feeling feverish, grotty and covered in spots into school when any sensible adult suffering from the same thing would be at home curled up on the sofa feeling sorry for themselves.

Whereas I was quite relieved when my son got a bout of chicken pox I wouldn't have forced His Spottiness onto anyone elses kids unless they specifically wanted to mix with him. Even then they would have had to put up with a cranky whingy 20 month old. No fun for anyone.
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