Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Chicken Pox without the fever?

I woke my 2.5 yr old daughter up this morning, and lo and behold, when we took off her pajama top there is a rash that looks suspiciously similar to chicken pox.  The rash itself is not bad at all, just a very few spots on her back and chest.  It's the similarity of the bumps to chicken pox that caused my alarm.

My question is, is it possible to develop a chicken pox rash with no other symptoms?

From everything I have read (and can remember), chicken pox is usually accompanied by flu like symptoms and a fever starting 1-2 days before developing the rash.  She has had no other symptoms (sore throat, lethargy, etc) and is playing and acting totally normal.  The only other issue she's had is a runny nose for the past week or so. 

If need be I will obviously take her to the doctor, but if there is no chance this is chicken pox then I question the need to go as the rash itself is so mild.  She had no idea she had the rash until we took off her pajama top and pointed it out.  It wasn't until she realized she had the rash that she started feeling itchy, BUT she has also at that age where anything suggested to her she automatically thinks she has and has been going around in dramatic fashion complaining about all matters of issues she is NOT dealing with (pretending her leg is hurt, faking coughs, etc).  The areas she is "itching" aren't even where the rash is at and she's really not scratching but just going through the motions of scratching, if that makes sense.

Anyhow, any input is welcomed.  I am keeping a close eye on her and trying to decide what to do.


( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
My son had chicken pox with no other symptoms but the spots.
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
so was he otherwise pretty normal throughout the illness? just itchy? what did the doc suggest?
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
We didn't see a doctor, just let him ride it out. Chickenpox is much less of a big deal over here in the UK. :o) I didn't even bother putting calamine lotion on him for most of it, because he was quite good about not scratching!
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
i'm not one to run to the doctor at the drop of a hat so i am wondering if i should take her in at all with no fever.
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
My memory of having the chicken pox was that there were no other symptoms, and my memory of having discovered that three brothers had chicken pox in the middle of playgroup I was helping with as a teen was that they were otherwise seemingly healthy.

In fact, I went to school with pox for several days because all my initial spots were on my head, and my mom only discovered them when I went crying to her thinking I had head lice because my head had been so HORRIBLY itchy for several days.
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think mild cases do not always cause a child to be very ill and also could mean that she can get it again.
My sister apparently had a mild case and was still playing and active. I got it from her and was very, very sick. It depends on the kid and maybe the level of exposure, so if you suspect chicken pox, keep her away from un-vaxed kids and get her checked out.
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
luckily i stay at home with them, so avoiding other kids will be easy. her dad and i have both already had it as kids, and her older sister has been vaccinated. i am keeping an eye on it today, will call tomorrow if the rash spreads.
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I had chicken pox at summer camp. Aside from a little bit of a headache & dizziness the first day, it didn't really bother me. My college age counselors thought it was mosquito bites and I spent the whole week doing archery and playing capture the flag.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
lol, awesome. she is acting totally fine. just running around and playing with her sister. hoping that if it is chicken pox, she isn't very bothered by it.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
My son had chicken pox at 11 months with no fever. He didn't even have itching, that we knew of.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
When I had chicken pox, there wasn't a fever or flu like symptoms.

I thought for sure my daughter had chicken pox (itchy red spots on her chest), took her to the doctor, and it wasn't pox. Completely stumped the doctor and us. Spots kept randomly appearing every few months, finally figured out it was flea bites. We don't have cats or dogs, but found out that chickens can have fleas, so guessing that's where it came from, and they're just super attracted to her and must jump across the yard to where she is. :/
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I never knew chickens could have fleas. This squelches my thoughts of having a few chickens running around the yard of my house when I finally buy a house.

Chicken fleas...I am both amused and grossed out lol
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
I had no idea as well! I haven't seen any flea's on them, and no one else has ever gotten any bites!

But don't let that squash your chicken dreams! haha. You don't really want them running around the yard so much anyways, they have stinky big poops and eat any growing plants you have in your yard. (Goodbye strawberries, goodbye blueberries...) Just give them a little "dog run" like area that's fenced off, and you're good to go!
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had planned on the little coop and fenced in area...but fleas are one of those "oh hell no" to the nth degree things for me. I dread the day we get a dog or cat, because I will be neurotically searching for fleas/ticks. I've already had to de-tick a dog once in my life, and it wasn't even my dog!
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
I've had dogs on-and-off my entire life, and never had a dog get fleas. Nowadays, some of the monthly heartworm pills have a flea repellent in them too.

I've had to pull a tick off a dog once, but we don't live in a heavily wooded area.
Jan. 25th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, see, we don't have ticks here. So I'd probably freak out if that was ever a possibility.

Fleas can be avoided by keeping their wood shavings cleaned more often. And when we went searching, we only found two flea's in daughters room. (I was praying it wasn't bedbugs, so flea's were just something to rejoice over!)
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
My son had no other symptoms other then the rash. Part of the reason was he had been vaccinated for chicken pox. If your daughter had the chicken pox vaccine she should only have a mild case.
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
she hasn't had the vaccine yet as we are spacing her vaccines out. her older sister had the vaccine a couple of years ago and had a very mild case as a result, but in her case she did run a temp.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Try to make sure she doesn't scratch, esp. if there are any on her face; it will leave a life long mark.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
My 2 year old daughter is going through the very same thing right now. She's got the spots (didn't notice til I pointed them out to hubby), but basically herself. The only thing is that she gets a bit tired more quickly, but that's understandable. I'm the one with the symptoms, LOL! How annoying. 8)
In speaking to my mother and the doctor, both said that sometimes younger chidren have a milder case than older children and adults. My doctor even said that unless she gets a high fever or anything else out of character, not to even bother him. *shrug* So, we're just waiting it out. All I can say is I comisserate and good luck. 8D
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Like many of the other comments mentioned chicken pox can occur without flu-like symptoms--this is what happened with my daughter at 7 months.

If you're still wondering if the rash is chicken pox or not, our pediatrician told us that the tell tale sign is if the rash looks like "dew drops on rose petals" ... small blisters backed by redness. I know it sounds weird but they really do look like that (at least in the early stages).

I hope your little one recovers quickly.
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
I had chk pox at 7, and can only remember being shut up in a room with my brother and all my cousins (my family was trying to get it all done in one go) wearing only our underwear and lotions to keep us from scratching.

My oldest caught it as a baby, but only had a few spots. No fever or anything like that, and has since been vaccinated (a lot...the hospital lost her records once)
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Last month (while on holiday) we ended up at the Dr as our 20 month old had a rash on his tummy & after a couple of days some bits were scabbing over while fresh bumps came up. Verdict - chickenpox. He had no other symptoms, and the rash was only on his tummy so we never dreamed it would be that, although we knew it was going around in our area... and our three year old got nothing.
Jan. 25th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
My 2.5 year old son had chicken pox just last month. :) We intentionally exposed him because we didn't want him to get that vaccine.
His rash started with just 2 mosquito-like bumps on his chest, one on his face, and one on his back.
No fever at all the whole time (I read that it's common not to have fever when you get it young like he did).
Within 24 hours, the number of spots he had doubled... then tripled. By day 3 most of his spots were scabbed over (I think he ended up with 52 spots total). Day 4 he was nearly back to his normal self, except he was speckled in scabs.
Since then, the scabs have just healed and gotten better - he has no scars from it.

Also, it never hit him that hard. He wasn't acting sickly or miserable or anything like that. He was just a little bit low-energy, ya know?
Nights weren't so great - it was always night time where he realized that he didn't feel good, that his spots hurt, that they itched, and he had trouble sleeping. He's still nursing, so I'm not sure how much easier that made chicken pox for him. I do know that my breastmilk REALLY helped his spots - he said it took the itch/pain away completely, and an hour after I put milk on a spot, it would be half the size it had been, so that was pretty cool to see.
Jan. 26th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
I got chickenpox twice growing up and was fine both times (the only reason I even brought the rash up to my mom the second time was as an excuse why I was out of bed at that hour lol!). I don't even remember them being that itchy.
( 25 comments — Leave a comment )


30 Day
A Beginner Course in Creative Parenting

Latest Month

March 2016


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Golly Kim