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Day 4 – Toddler with chicken pox

The tot’s chicken pox developed like normal and most of the vesicles are drying up well.

Despite the 10 deg C, I felt that it’s better to give her a warm bath every alternate day (and wipe downs on the days she doesn’t have a bath) to keep her clean and comfortable.

As she was comfortable for the past 3 days with her bath routine, I’ll continue with it.

I have been using bath oils for both my kids because they have eczema and their skin tend to be dry.

I also love giving them oatmeal baths, which is soothing to the skin, like this Organic Milk and Oat bath by Aura Cacia:

She loves it! She’ll also use her hands to go “pat, pat, pat” πŸ˜€

DIY Young Living Lavender-Oatmeal Bath Soak Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup baking soda (can be omitted)
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Instructions

1. Grind oats in a food processor or coffee grinder into a fine flour-like texture.
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until oils are evenly distributed.
3. Store in a glass jar and use about 1 cup of mixture per bath.

TIP: Put the mixture into a sock or pantyhose to keep the bath water free from floating oatmeal flakes.

Since I have the Young Living Premium Essential Starter Kit, which contains 10 everyday essential oils for facial and skin care, I had Lavender, Frankincense and Tea Tree (melaleuca) essential oils.


If you’re interested to purchase premium quality Lavender, Frankincense and Tea Tree (melaleuca) essential oils, click here. If you buy the kit via my web link, you’ll have me as your guide ^_^

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Finally, I dab patches of calamine lotion on all the drying scabs.

Here’s what I’m worried about now:

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Blisters around her eyes.

Today, the one under her left eye is a bit swollen and I believe it’s infected because while the rest of the crusted vesicles are drying up and shrinking, this area is swelling.

Taking her to the hospital now.

God knows how the antibiotics will be administered because she’s getting “scratchy” now.

I hope I get an English-speaking Chinese like I did the last time!

UPDATE: Journey to the hospital:

  1. We were driven there by a taxi driver drove to the hospital as fast as he can. He even made a Michael Schumacher-like reverse when I said I wanted to go to the “Emergency” section instead of the “Outpatient” section. Expensive taxi fare but heroic πŸ˜€
  2. There were only 3 patients (compared to the 20 over the last time I went there) e.g. a guy lying on a gurney.
  3. After her temperature and weight were taken, we met with a young doctor. Thankfully, she could speak a bit of English i.e. medical terms, name of medicines and she had a state-of-the-art database, which was bilingual! Phew. I must bring her back if she has a fever.
  4. We were given generic brands of a) Aciclovir (OTC) topical cream for the chicken pox and b) Fusidic acid (OTC) topical cream as anti-bacterial for the skin infection. I need to apply the creams 2x a day and that calamine lotion is not necessary.
  • Read this e-How article on Aciclovir topical cream. This article states that aciclovir (under the brand name “Zovirax” does not work on chicken pox.)
    – When we came back, I gave her a warm bath and applied the Aciclovir cream on all the spots. Noticed that they were redder compared to when I applied calamine lotion only. I decided not apply a second round.
  • Fusidic acid turns out to be a steroid-based cream, which is similar to Elomet, another steroid-based cream used to treat eczema. Both are not for long-term use. I was told that it’s an “anti-bacterial cream” but I recall seeing the words “antibiotic” on the doctor’s computer screen.

This e-How article states:

Be sure to complete your entire round of antibiotic ointment, and do not discontinue your fusidic acid therapy earlier than the amount of time prescribed, as this could lead to further infection and resistant forms of the bacteria.

I was given a 5 mg tube – am I supposed to use it all up on a toddler??? That sounds crazy.

However, this article states that:
– “Consult your doctor if any infection spreads, or if after seven days of treatment with this medicine there is little or no improvement in your symptoms, as you may need to stop using this medicine or take a course of antibiotics by mouth.” and
– “the use of Fusidic acid cream should not exceed 2 weeks.”

In conclusion, I will only apply the Fusidic acid cream on the infected area until next Friday and see how it goes.

I am so thankful to God that my dear ayi is extremely kind and caring towards her while I am away at work.

My ayi is gentle and sweet when bathing my baby girl and she is particular about her diet, which is a bland and soft one (although a bit strange):

1. No beans, no wheat, which means no bread or biscuits! Only rice and rice-based products.
2. No chicken, eggs or fish. Pork is used for broths.
3. Lots of soups, fruit juices (excluding orange and tomato) and some coconut water.
4. No pumpkin?
5. Soft fruits like banana, plums (very expensive!!!) and kiwi fruit. She loves fruit and I’m sure she misses her favourite, oranges. I will find other types of fruits for her maybe honeydew melon.

My poor little “foodie”. What a way to turn 15 months old. I hope that she gets well soon and can enjoy her favourite “mum-mums” again!

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  • Paik Ling February 18, 2011, 10:43 am

    Oh dear looks quite nasty. I suppose she hasn’t got the chicken pox jab since I think it’s only administered after they turn 1? Good luck dear. I will be there with you in spirit and strength.

  • Josette February 18, 2011, 1:55 pm

    She looks so pitiful. But better to get chicken pox now than later? Good luck at the hospital too!

  • Pei Wei February 18, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Hopefully the swollen part is not serious….take care!

  • Etceteramommy February 18, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Good luck and pray it’s nothing too serious. Take care there.

  • Kit February 18, 2011, 10:59 pm

    Paik Ling – I did plan to give her the chicken pox jab but we missed the boat…

    Josette – Ya, she looks terrible!

    Pei Wei – I hope so too. Biting my knuckles till tomorrow…

    Etceteramommy – Thanks!!!

  • Angeleyes February 19, 2011, 8:44 am

    She is a strong little babe!
    Hope it gets over soon! xoxo

  • Kit February 19, 2011, 5:26 pm

    Angeleyes – Thanks, the topical cream works (although it’s spelled “Fudisic” instead). The swelling’s coming down phew!

  • a-moms-diary February 20, 2011, 2:49 am

    Hope she gets better soon. Btw, this is probably the first time I see her photo.

  • LifeJuicer February 20, 2011, 6:35 am

    The last time we had a false alarm with the baby and and had to quarantine him on the day we had friends over for lunch on new year’s eve! We were so sure it was the pox since he was exposed left and right (at the nanny’s and at home – the big brother).

    it turned out that, the rashes didn’t even develop further. maybe they were insect bites or it was another mild version of the pox? is that possible?

  • Chew Lee February 22, 2011, 5:35 am

    poor girl.. those pox look so nasty.. I hope she is feeling better and recovered soon.

  • Melina February 22, 2011, 7:12 am

    Owwwwwhhhh your poor baby girl. Hope she recovers soon. I had chicken pox during my A-levels and it was total agony getting it so old.

  • Kit February 23, 2011, 11:01 pm

    a mom’s diary – Thanks. It is the first time I’m posting it actually hahaha. Need to focus on the blog content actually. It’s going a bit haywire…

    LifeJuicer – Ooh…this is the first time I’ve heard of fake chicken pox. Mine was quite a mild case so I’m hoping I won’t get it from her as we’re co-sleeping and I still kiss her all the time :S

    Chew Lee – It’s terrible, isn’t it? Hubby pities her too as it’s the first time she’s gone to the bro’s school. Sigh, whose to know, right? We’ve been boiling her soups everyday πŸ™‚

    Melina – You must have had it quite bad too, eh? I had it at around that age but it wasn’t that bad so I’m a bit worried…

  • jacss March 31, 2011, 10:09 am

    ooh dear……the photos are very sad looking for me πŸ™
    im feeling for your poor baby, may god reduce her itchiness & sufferings !!
    btw, how come mama missed the boat????
    take care & speedy recovery ya

  • Kit April 11, 2011, 12:42 am

    Jacss – Thanks for your concern. She’s all better now although the scars are still visible around her body. I’d scheduled her for the jab when she’s 1 year old but now, looks like she does not need the chicken pox vaccine.