The Chickenpox Chronicles


Little T came home Monday complaining that her back was “painful”. We ignored her. Not because we’re crap parents, but you see, my little darling is a bit of a drama queen.  She comes home from school complaining about a number of things, from a headache to “My thumb hurts mum”.  So last Monday, we thought, it was just one of those days.

We were wrong.  Yes, we are bad parents.

Imagine my surprise when I stripped little T off her clothes for her bath before bed time and discovered that her back was covered in little red spots.  Although it shouldn’t really come as a surprise since the chickenpox has been doing its the rounds at her school since last Christmas.  A couple of weeks ago, it was her best friend F’s turn.  He was one of the lucky few who had it only mild.  In fact, we decided that it was okay not to cancel his sleep-over with T, especially since they were both excited about it.

Besides, we wanted T to have it.  She’s one of the few remaining ones in her class who hasn’t had it yet.  We figured, it would be a good time for her to have it.  And boy did she have it!

The First Day

We had hoped that she was going to be as lucky as her best friend who got away with just a few spots.  At first, she didn’t seem bothered at all and was even happy to be off school until she realised that she wouldn’t be able to keep her playdate scheduled for the next day.  Then she wasn’t a happy bunny anymore.


The Second Day

But it was a different story the next day.  More spots started appearing on her face and we had such a bad night too.  She woke up more than a couple of times crying and complaining about how itchy it was and no amount of calomine or even Piritin helped.


The Third Day

A friend advised PoxClin and giving T an oaty bath seemed to make such a big difference.  For one, we had a good night’s sleep and she only woke up once to complain about an itch.

day3_littlestepsThis by the way, is also her, I’m fed-up face.

The Fourth Day


The spots on her face aren’t drying up yet.  But some on her back seem to be healing.  She’s a bored little girl.  We’re running out of drawing paper.  Hopefully, tomorrow there’ll be more signs of it drying up.  In spite all the spots though, I guess T is still lucky that the chickenpox didn’t come with a fever, just the spots.

Has your little ones had chicken pox?

How long did it last?

#wotw:  chickepox!

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  1. Hi Dean, chicken pox is not nice, but at least it’s out the way now. My daughter started being sick before the spots came out and she was quite poorly with it. When you say an oaty bath,do you mean a handful of oats in a bat of water (I have read that oats made to form a paste can ease eczema).

    For my son we were advised to give him the vaccination as at the time it was going round he had recently got over pneumonia. If he were healthy enough I would rather he had the real deal.

    I do hope your little girl is better soon as a bored, sick child is not fun!


    • That’s what we thought too… Same with the other parents at T’s school 🙂 x

    • Oh and about the “oaty” bath, yes. I put some oats in a muslin and held it under the nozzle. And once the oaty bath was filled up. I used the same muslin and dabbed it all over T’s body. She said it felt like gloopy glue 😉 You’re right, did read somewhere that it also helps with eczama which T used to have, although she hasn’t had any attacks lately. x

  2. Mine had this when Boo was 3 and Little Man 9 months old. Of course it was consecutive, so we had around 3 weeks of being housebound to go with it! They liked the oaty baths, too, and the piriton helped. Boo struggled to sleep with it, was covered in spots and had a fever, whereas Little Man didn’t seem to suffer as much despite in covered in twice as many spots, poor thing. As you say, good to get it out of the way and it sounds like you’re on the home straight now x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • T struggled with it too, the second night. But we had a good one last night, so hopefully the worse is over 🙂 x

  3. We have had a week of spots too but it wasn’t chicken pox. In a way I would have liked to have got it out of the way to be honest. My son had it about about 20 months old, it’s never nice. When I was little I actually didn’t have bad case of it when I first got the chicken pox, I ended up getting it again. SO twice for me. I hope your little lady is fully recovered now #WotW

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen Blog

    I remember being miserable, and my sister and I had it at or close to the same time if I remember correctly.
    Mr. T never got them… which was awesome and awful at the same time! LOL. I’m guessing he just has a strong immune system and expect he will never get them!! 🙂

    • I hope Mr. T never gets it! I got it in my late teens you see and lets just say it wasn’t a nice experience at all.

  5. Chicken pox is such a horrid disease isn’t it. Glad to hear it’s not too bad or lingering. My daughter had it really bad as a toddler and was out of action for almost two weeks. My boy, on the other hand, seems to be immune. He’s been in such close contact with so many Chicken Pox children but he still hasn’t had it. I hope he gets it before he gets too much bigger!

    • Oh your little boy is like my daughter’s friend. In spite spending the whole weekend with a cousin who had it, it was never passed on to him, much to the annoyance of his mum. Hopefully he and your boy gets it soon. Better now than later. I had mine in my late teens and it was horrible.

  6. My two got chickenpox within a few days of each other. My son was covered in spots, but daughter had a total of four – funny how it affects some children differently.

    The oaty bath didn’t help at all, and we were advised to avoid calamine completely. I bought a tube of stuff called ‘Virasoothe’ which turned out to be a miracle worker. Xxx

    • Calamine didn’t help at all. But the Poxclin did. She seems to be getting better. Thank you!

  7. Ugh, poor thing – chickenpox is an awful illness. MOH had it a couple of years ago and he was really bad with it – so it’s good to get it out of the way young. And yes oaty baths really helped. He ended up having three weeks off work, but clearly is much older and had it v bad – he joked even his chicken pox had spots. Hope she’s better soon #wotw

    • I think she’s fine now and can even go back to school tomorrow 🙂 which is great because she was getting really bored staying at home 😉

  8. Awww bless her!
    I’m pretty glad that chicken pox hasn’t made its rounds, around my eldest school just yet, but they say it’s best for them to have it young. I hope she’s better by next week! xx

  9. My oldest had a pretty heavy case of chickenpox when she was about 5. She has a couple of large scars on her neck and face that I’m pretty sure that they’re not going away – she’s 25 now. My 2nd daughter had a mild case, but no scars. The youngest 2 were vaccinated against chickenpox and have not gotten them.
    I’m glad Little T is over it!

    • Yes, she is, thanks! She’s back in school now and has been showing off her chickenpox… I’m hoping there won’t be any scars though. We’ll see….

  10. oh no! I am really dreading the chicken pox – I remember when I had them a couple of weeks later my brother got them and then my cousin that was a long drawn out time of illness! I hope things are all better soon!

    • Yes, they are. Thank you 🙂 She’s been back in school this week – proudly showing off her chicken pox marks 😉

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