Infectious

It has been a while since my last post as my eldest child has had chicken pox. Apparently the nursery he attends is quite quiet at the moment with a number of children suffering from the disease. It came as a bit of a shock though as he had already had it just after his first birthday. News to me that a child is likely to get it again if:

– It was a mild case the first time around

– They had it first under the age of one

It seems my son was unlucky as he had a healthy dose the first time around based on the number of spots and he was already one. I guess there is always some grey area!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the apparent magic of breast milk will help my youngest (just a few months old) from getting it so we can hold out for a single case of it when he is older than one.

It’s a strange disease which keeps the poor child looking slightly scary for longer than they feel ill. Whilst the itchiness is not nice, most children don’t feel too poorly which is great. The annoying thing is the infectiousness so they have to be kept away from young friends and elderly relatives.

It’s been lovely having him home though and doing fun things together, from ‘baking’ (ok so Krispie cakes and Jelly) through to nature walks. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly they grow up and it’s great to see it in action. I’ve found that it’s not only the disease that is infectious but a child’s smile!

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