Monday, December 10, 2007

Chicken Pox Update

Well, we just got back from the local family clinic to verify his pox... and the doctor said its definitely chicken pox. We were kind of concerned that it wasn't because now, they look like ringworms almost. But, he says that's how they heal. He said they don't see it too often due to the vaccination crap... but, without doing any blood tests or anything else, he believes it to be the pox. So, yay!

Also said he is no longer contagious. Said once it starts scabbing over, no longer contagious.

He did prescribe some steroid treatment but its not like I have to do it, ya know? I mainly wanted to know for sure it was chicken pox... make sure I'm doing the right stuff for him.

Jessica, I've been putting Aveeno on them. I do have echinecea but, the stuff that I have is so strong, I can't even tolerate it unless I dilute it heavily in juice... so, how can I expect him to take it? I need to make a trip to the health food store and get some better tasting one for the kids... but, I hate bringing him out in public like that!

As for the girls... Calista has a few spots on her face, a couple on her arm and leg. Jeremy says its the same as what Wyatt has. Why not the severity? I'm thinking that the girls must have had them previously. Like Ursula... back when she was 14 to 15 mths old, she had a rash from head to toe. I thought it was milk allergy because once I stopped eating dairy, it started going away. Maybe that was just coincidence? And Calista... back before we moved away from Raceland, when she was 2 yrs old... maybe a couple of months younger, she had these big, circular, crusty scabs all over.. not as bad as Wyatt... but, there were a good bit of them and they were big. At the time, I was like, what is this? Small pox? LOL But, maybe it was chicken pox? I also thought it was due to her scratching her mosquito and ant bites... but, you know, she never got anything that looked like that again. And as for as Ursula, she would get a rash whenever she'd have dairy after that episode when she was 14 to 15 mths.

So, I don't know about the girls. I just think its funny that they didn't have anything like he has.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Chicken Pox Update

Okay, here's a picture of his belly.
Its either day 4 or 5... I can't remember if I first saw them on Monday or Tuesday morning... I was thinking it was Monday but it might have been Tuesday.

And a couple of pictures of his sweet face :D

Pictures are so hard to take of him... I have to like, hold him still... LOL

The worse places he scratches are his neck and belly. The next worse would be his arm. I barely ever see him itching his face.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Chicken Pox Update

I wasn't able to get a picture of his belly today...

Still loving the kitten...

He has way more on his belly.

Hanging Around

In this first one, you can see, behind the leaves, that his feet are raised up off the ground.
On the water hose thingie...
Like I mentioned in his 23mth update, he just loves hanging on whatever he can!

Bonus picture... since it was taken the same day and all :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Chicken Pox?!?!?!

I'm thinking that Wyatt has Chicken Pox. His belly, one butt cheek, back, and one upper arm is full of tiny bumps that itch. He has a few spots on his face.

According to this site,, it looks like he does have it:

Chickenpox is a common illness among kids, particularly those under age 12. Anitchy rash of spots that look like blisters can appear all over the body and may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Symptoms usually go away without treatment, but because the infection is very contagious, an infected child should stay home and rest until the symptoms are gone.

So, that would explain why I never noticed a fever or flu-like symptoms... because not all get it.

Symptoms of Chickenpox

Chickenpox causes a red, itchy rash on the skin that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals.

The rash begins as multiple small, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid, which becomes cloudy. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs.

Chickenpox blisters are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide, have a reddish base, and appear in bouts over 2 to 4 days. The rash may be more extensive or severe in kids who have skin disorders such as eczema.

Some kids have a fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache, or a vague sick feeling a day or 2 before the rash appears. These symptoms may last for a few days, and fever stays in the range of 100°–102° Fahrenheit (37.7°–38.8° Celsius), though in rare cases may be higher. Younger kids often have milder symptoms and fewer blisters than older children or adults.

Typically, chickenpox is a mild illness, but can affect some infants, teens, adults, and people with weak immune systems more severely. Some people can develop serious bacterial infections involving the skin, lungs, bones, joints, and the brain (encephalitis). Even kids with normal immune systems can occasionally develop complications, most commonly a skin infection near the blisters.

See, it says 'some kids have fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache, or vague sick feeling a day or 2 before the rash appears'. Now, I can't say if he had a headache but he was pretty clingy...


Chickenpox is contagious from about 2 days before the rash appears and lasts until all the blisters are crusted over. A child with chickenpox should be kept out of school until all blisters have dried, usually about 1 week. If you're unsure about whether your child is ready to return to school, ask your doctor.

Chickenpox is very contagious — most kids with a sibling who's been infected will get it as well, showing symptoms about 2 weeks after the first child does. To help keep the virus from spreading, make sure your kids wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom. And keep a child with chickenpox away from unvaccinated siblings as much as possible.

People who haven't had chickenpox also can catch it from someone with shingles, but they cannot catch shingles itself. That's because shingles can only develop from a reactivation of VZV in someone who has previously had chickenpox.

Hmmm... so, I have to watch the girls too... although, Ursula has some spots on her face which I thought was mosquito bites... I did see some spots on her upper back this evening... That article says blisters come out for 2-4 days, right? So, let's see how it goes. I'll see about getting some pictures of Wyatt's torso tomorrow.

Dealing With the Discomfort of Chickenpox

You can help relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort of chickenpox by:

  • Using cool wet compresses or giving baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days.

  • Oatmeal baths, available at the supermarket or pharmacy, can help to relieve itching. (Baths do not spread chickenpox.)

  • Patting (not rubbing) the body dry.

  • Putting calamine lotion on itchy areas (but don't use it on the face, especially near the eyes).

  • Giving your child foods that are cold, soft, and bland because chickenpox in the mouth may make drinking or eating difficult.

  • Avoid feeding your child anything highly acidic or especially salty, like orange juice or pretzels.

  • Asking your doctor or pharmacist about pain-relieving creams to apply to sores in the genital area.

  • Giving your child acetaminophen regularly to help relieve pain if your child has mouth blisters.

  • Asking the doctor about using over-the-counter medication for itching.

  • Never use aspirin to reduce pain or fever in children with chickenpox because aspirin has been associated with the serious disease Reye syndrome, which can lead to liver failure and even death.

    As much as possible, discourage kids from scratching. This can be difficult for them, so consider putting mittens or socks on your child's hands to prevent scratching duringsleep. In addition, trim fingernails and keep them clean to help lessen the effects of scratching, including broken blisters and infection.

    Most chickenpox infections require no special medical treatment. But sometimes, there are problems. Call the doctor if your child:

  • has fever that lasts for more than 4 days or rises above 102° Fahrenheit (38.8° Celsius)

  • has a severe cough or trouble breathing

  • has an area of rash that leaks pus (thick, discolored fluid) or becomes red, warm, swollen, or sore

  • has a severe headache

  • is unusually drowsy or has trouble waking up

  • has trouble looking at bright lights

  • has difficulty walking

  • seems confused

  • seems very ill or is vomiting

  • has a stiff neck

  • Call your doctor if you think your child has chickenpox, if you have a question, or if you're concerned about a possible complication. The doctor can guide you in watching for complications and in choosing medication to relieve itching. When taking your child to the doctor, let the office know in advance that your child might have chickenpox. It's important to ensure that other kids in the office are not exposed — for some of them, a chickenpox infection could cause severe complications.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    Outdoor Pictures

    These first set of pictures I took of Wyatt on November 23rd:

    These next set of pictures were taken November 28th, 2007:
    Balancing Act... he did actually stand up fully... I was just too busy making sure he didn't fall to snap a picture :)

    Friday, November 23, 2007

    Wyatt's 23 Months!

    Okay, now nothing is safe from Wyatt. He can open all doors (except our screen door and Jeremy's car door). So, he likes to open the refridgerator and look for stuff... or just hang out in there... good thing he can't close it on himself! He likes to get tomatos out and eat them like apples :)
    He not only likes climbing up on anything and everything, he now wants to figure out to get down... like, he climbs up on the top bunk and gets down from the side by dropping onto the lower bunk. He climbs into his high chair and climbs out.
    He loves hanging on stuff. He'll find stuff to hang off of. Like the handle of the lawnmower. Like branches from our Confederate Rose bush/tree/whatever it is. Our arms. Whatever is in his reach... he'll pull his legs up and hang there... sometimes swing :)
    Hair! Looks like he has more hair at this age than either of my girls! lol
    Speech: Sounds like he's trying a little more to actually talk instead of pointing and grunting! At certain moments, I can actually get him to say different sounds and words! Jeremy has him saying 'football'... not super clear, but exciting nonetheless! hehehe
    Potty: I haven't been active on this at all... however, if he's in the bathroom with me and I'm on the toilet... most of the time, he'll sit on his own and at least attempt to do something. I'm pretty sure if I really wanted to get this done, he'd be potty-trained pretty soon... I'm just kind of taking it all in stride... the laid back approach. Maybe I'll start asking him more often, if he has to potty.
    Here's all of the pictures I've edited & saved on my computer (some remain unedited and in the Kodak folder on my PC to be saved to disk later on) of Wyatt since the last entries... :) Keep in mind that my camera isn't working up to par... hence the blurry pics. Plus, Wyatt just won't stay put long enough to take pictures... in fact, he will intentionally not look at me if he sees the camera in my hands.
    Oh, the pictures are also in order from oldest at the top to most recent at the bottom of the post.

    Awww, how cute :)

    The next few pictures of him in the yellow jacket were from a cool front we had :) It was hot again afterwards :)

    What is this face? LOL I have NO idea... LMAO

    Yes, mastering steps... some may have gotten this skill long ago but understand this... we don't have any steps in our house, so, no way for him to learn it until he comes upon them at other places (below is a pic of him on steps at the girls' school).

    He just LOVES the kittens!
    Swinging at my sister, Angele's, house.

    Loves his cars, trucks, planes, etc