Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mara Shaw | 2009/04/18


Shingles in children

I have a grandson who is 5 years old and has a rash on his neck and left shoulder transfereng over to the chest but is on the left hand side. It resembles little blisters and the skin is very red. He complains that it is itchy when touched.They are oozing a fluid and becoming crusty. He has had them for a week. Our G.P. says it is shingles. Can you advise us what treatment to use for him and what could have caused him to get shingles at this very young age. He is not running a temperature and is full of energy but does not want anyone to touch the rash.
Thanking you, I look forward to your diagnosis and reply.
Mara Shaw (Mrs)

Expert's Reply



Young children can indeed develop shingles.His rash does appear to be due to shingles. There is treatment available for shingles now. This medicine is called Acilovir and the dose for your grandson is 20mg per kilogram given 4 times daily for 5 days.

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