Spotting the difference

In the past month, my son has pretty much been spotty. It started with an unidentified allergy, followed by a second bout of chicken pox and then suspected hand foot and mouth disease. It was becoming slightly hard to spot (pardon the pun) the difference between the start of one and the beginning of another. Luckily he was mostly fine in himself, as knowing what to give to treat the spots became increasingly tricky – is it just a reaction or a contagious blister?!

What was quite an eye opener was that it was quite hard for the doctor to identify the ‘style’ of spot. The diagnosis of: “If your other son gets it, then it probably is chicken pox” wasn’t entirely helpful as this only manifested three weeks after my eldest had started his spots.

You always want to do what is best for your child, so it can be frustrating not to have a definitive label to attach to a disease. Also, spots do create fear amongst others – whether it is just an allergic reaction or something more serious, people think the worst and fear it is something they may catch too. This makes it tempting to keep your child at home rather than expose your child to the concerned look on other people’s faces even when you know it is just a simple skin allergy that is nothing more than unsightly. As a result, we’ve not been out much recently!

I thought I might be more of an expert the second time around, but think there are plenty more spots to look out for!


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