Your child doesn’t look well and then you notice red blotches all over. Your little one is complaining of itchy skin. You don’t know if it’s chicken pox or measles. Both have rashes but you aren’t sure of the difference. Check out these tips to recognize chicken pox.
Identify the rash. Chicken pox usually has red spots that resemble pimples. The spots will blister and open. Check lifespan.org to see a photo of chicken pox.
See if the rash is spreading. New spots will continue to appear for about 4 days. Old spots will turn into scabs. Chicken pox usually appears on the stomach, back and chest first. You can recognize chicken pox when the first spots start to crust and scab.
Check if your child has a fever. A slight fever is common with chicken pox. A high fever could be a cause for concern. Call a doctor if you are unsure.
See if your child seems very tired. Children with chicken pox may want to sleep a lot; they also lose their appetite.
Place the timing of the rash. Find out if any other children locally have developed chicken pox. Chicken pox is usually very contagious a couple of days before you see spots. They remain contagious until all the spots are healed.
Call your family doctor if you are concerned. Children with any other diseases or risks should be seen by a doctor. Call your doctor if your child's fever is high or if your child is lethargic.
Check if your child has any unusually painful areas. Streptococcus infections can get into chicken pox sores. Painful areas should be checked by a doctor right away.