Chickenpox advice for parents & carers

With two cases of Chickenpox now confirmed within the school, we are advising all parents and carers to be extra vigilant for the symptoms of the infection to prevent any further spread.

The NHS describes the following timeline that may be helpful:

Stage 1 – Small spots appear –

  • can be anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth and around the genitals, which can be painful
  • can spread or stay in a small area
  • can be red, pink, darker or the same colour as surrounding skin, depending on your skin tone
  • can be harder to see on brown and black skin

Stage 2 – The spots fill with fluid and become blisters. The blisters are very itchy and may burst.

Stage 3 – The spots form a scab. Some scabs are flaky while others leak fluid.

Other symptoms may include either before or after the outbreak of a rash

  • a high temperature

  • aches and pains, and generally feeling unwell

  • loss of appetite

Anyone with chickenpox will need to stay away from school until all spots have formed a scab, usually 5 days after spots appeared.

Anyone with a weakened immune system or pregnant are advised to contact NHS 111

How to treat chickenpox at home:

DO

  • drink plenty of fluid (try ice lollies if your child is not drinking) to avoid dehydration

  • take paracetamol to help with pain and discomfort

  • cut your child’s fingernails and put socks on their hands at night to stop them scratching

  • use cooling creams or gels from a pharmacy

  • speak to a pharmacist about using antihistamine medicine to help itching

  • bathe in cool water and pat the skin dry (do not rub)

  • dress in loose clothes

DON’T

  • do not use ibuprofen unless advised to do so by a doctor, as it may cause serious skin infections

  • do not give aspirin to children under 16

  • do not go near newborn babies, or anyone who is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, as chickenpox can be dangerous for them

  • do not scratch the spots, as scratching can cause scarring