Recently, when my daughter and I went to the playground, the mother of the girl playing there warned us that they had just had chickenpox. We didn’t leave the site; moreover, I asked my daughter to play more with this girl. Because I think it is better to have chickenpox at preschool age than, for example, in adolescence and older.
Chickenpox up to one year old, even up to two, is a very unpleasant phenomenon. After all, the baby is almost impossible to explain that you can not scratch the blisters, because from this appear ugly scars on the skin.
However, drugs that reduce itching (Fenistil, for example) are allowed for use for the smallest ones, which allows to alleviate the situation a little.
Preschool, I think, is ideal for the disease. The child is already relatively adult in order to perform various manipulations with him – to lubricate the rash, to control the appearance of new blisters.
Last year, the whole kindergarten group, in which my girlfriend’s daughter studied, had had chickenpox. Moreover, it happened right on the eve of the graduation matinee, which had to be postponed. And the widespread view that if you get infected from the patient in severe form, the disease will pass off easily was not confirmed even once. Absolutely all the children suffered from chickenpox very hard – the rash was even on the mucous membranes.
And this time we walked in vain with sick children on the same site – the daughter never got sick! Moreover, recently it turned out that even our teacher, who has been working in kindergarten for 35 years, did not have chickenpox.
My girlfriend was sick with chickenpox at the age of 20, and she doesn’t know any worse disease in her entire life. Each time she remembers it as a kind of nightmare — even at such a conscious age she could not resist trying to not itch.
Tells that the itch was such that I wanted to roll on the floor. In addition, the temperature rose below 40 and lasted for several days.
More serious consequences can occur if you get chickenpox during of pregnancy. Then with high probability we can talk about the infection of the fetus, and even about miscarriage. In most cases, chickenpox in adults is very difficult.
Unlike children, in adults, chickenpox can often serious complications:
– lesions of the respiratory system (laryngitis, pneumonia, tracheitis)
– damage to the nervous system (meningitis, encephalitis and even swelling of the brain).
Less common are lesions of the heart and blood vessels, the musculoskeletal system, and other lesions (hepatitis, nephritis).
The reason for such serious consequences is the fact that a bacterial infection is superimposed on the disease. In adults, the herpes virus begins to infect the internal organs, thereby disrupting the immune system and the endocrine system.
By the way, the children of my girlfriend, who lives in the United States, without fail have done vaccinations from chickenpox, there she enters the calendar. If desired, such a vaccination can be done with us, moreover, I will make it to my daughter if she doesn’t get sick before the age of 15. By the way, the vaccine is tolerated quite easily.
Everything is good at the right time at the right age. Here, for example, it seems to me that it is ideal for a child to have chickenpox in bad weather, when there is little temptation to go outside. Except for the New Year holidays, of course.
So, I will only be glad if my daughter will carry this disease in the coming years in order to forget about it for the rest of her life.
What do you think, is it worth it for a child to have chickenpox?