Chicken Pox in Infants Pictures - 27 Photos & Images

Chickenpox is a very infectious illness caused by one of a group of herpes viruses. It causes a distinctive rash and mild flu-like symptoms.

Most children will get chickenpox when they are young and it is usually a mild illness. Once your baby has caught the virus, it can take between 10 days and 21 days for symptoms to show. Your baby will then be infectious from about two days before the rash appears until all the spots have dried up. This usually takes about five days. If your baby goes to nursery or childcare, keep him at home for five days from when the rash first appears.

An infected person sneezing or being in close contact with your baby could have given him chickenpox. Your baby could also have got chickenpox just by being in the same room as someone with the virus.

It’s also possible to catch chickenpox from someone who has shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox.

Chickenpox usually starts with mild flu-like symptoms:
aches and pains
loss of appetite

A couple of days later, the chickenpox rash appears. It starts as little red spots that develop tiny blisters on the top within a few hours. You’ll notice them first on your baby’s face. The spots will spread to his chest and tummy, and then to other parts of his body, appearing in crops.

There may be so many spots that they will appear to run into one another, or there may just be a few spots. The spots are likely to be most sore on his scalp, in his mouth and throat, and around his genitals.

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