Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cath | 2009/03/13


Chicken pox?

My 18mth old boy woke with a temp of 39.5 last week Mon night (2March), and had a temp on and off for the whole week, went off his food too but no other symptoms other than being miserable. A few days ago I noticed his throat was red and he had white spots there too. He now has a blistery type rash on his hands and feet, and one or two spots on his legs. Could it be chicken pox? He&  his 4yr old brother were exposed to it in December, but neither or them got it. A few days after the 18mth old had his first temp, the older one had a slight temp &  was feeling yucky. He now also has the red throat with white spots. How do I know if its strep throat or if it could be chicken pox?

Expert's Reply



This does not sound like chicken pox. It seems to be a condition called hand foot and mouth disease which is a common viral conditon in young children. The illness is usually very mild and children recover without any treatment being needed within a week.

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Posted by: Catherine | 2009/09/13

My 2 yr old has a swollen testicle, not red or painful. I didn' t notice him injure himself, but the other night it was the size of a table tennis ball. What could be the problem? He has just recoverd from croup and had a cold before that.

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Posted by: Cath | 2009/05/28

My 21mth old son shakes uncontrollably when he wakes up, and the other night on going to sleep - is this somehting to worry about, or will he grow out of it?

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