Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: HMOM | 2010-11-01

Q.

chickenpox

Hi Dr,
My 22 month old daughter came home with chicken pox on Friday afternoon, I took her to the doctor Sat moring (good family GP) and he said it was early still. Because of her viral wheezing history (had RSV in April) and every cold or anything eventually affecting the chest which was already phlemmy he gave her anti-viarl medication which she has to take 5x per day - 5ml. (sorry the name has slipped my mind but it begins with a Z)
1. Her chest isnt so good at the moment but more in the morning - should we take her back? He did say he might have to add an anti-biotic if the chest gets worse. i woudlnt say it is worse as it is really more in the morning but it is rattling...
2. The medication seems to be revving her up and when i phoned the creche this moring to tell them she has CPox they asked about her meds and i told the girl who has a medical background and she said instead of giving it every 3 hours i should rather give it every 4 and wake her up at 11 in the night if i have to as this will calm the revved symptoms - is this true?
3. My dad (grampa) is looking after my daughter today as i cant take off work today (he is brilliant with her as grandma works)...but i am so worried he is going to get shingles. Is there anything i can do as i cant leave her anywhere else.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is a pity that your daughter was put on the Zovirax antiviral medicine which is now causing her to be very active and overstimulated.Her chest does not really seem to be any worse now and she does not need to be on an antibiotic as well as the Zovirax. You will need to complete the Zovirax course now that it has been started.The normal dose of Zovirax is given only 4 times a day, not 5 times a day in your daughter's age group,so can be given more or less every 6 hours. To make things as simple as possible give her a dose early in the morning, then at 12 midday, again at 5 pm and the last dose for the day you can give her at about 11pm. You will probably have to wake her for this dose.Your daughter is on an antiviral medicine and is probably no longer infectious after 3 days on Zovirax.

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