Jun 15, 2010

Anne and her chicken pox

2nd day
My daughter Anne and I went to KLCC last Saturday for me to meet up with some school friends whom I had not seen in quite a while. We had a good time and Anne had some fun with Aunty Cheryl and Aunty Jane who doted on her.

Later, we dropped by the Prince Court medical centre to see a baby. It was only later that evening when we got home when she pulled my hand and showed me a little 'blister' on her abdomen area, to my horror.



3rd day

I definitely recognized that, having gone through the works before myself about 10 years ago. Quickly, I told my hubby to bring us to the Chinese medicine shop where I went in to get herbs for bathing, for drinking and calamine lotion for applying.

I know this, because, well, I got chicken pox before and I got off pretty well with no scars and it was fast as well , compared to a lot of other people.. Less then two weeks.

So I got the items, and went back and immediately planned out a new menu for my baby which eliminate all traces of soya sauce, nuts, eggs, prawns, crabs, chicken and shell fish and certain fish.

Next morning I went to the wet market in Gombak and bought mushrooms, baby corn, carrots, red snapper fish and white pomfret for a few days meal for little Anne.

Some facebook friends recommended coconut water (a Malaysian kinda miracle drink - good for lots of illnesses) and also baking soda to dry up the 'blisters' faster. There were also recommendation of neem and 'daun bambu' (not sure if it's the same thing or not) but I could not find that anywhere.
With all that, alhamdullilah (praise be to God), the chicken pox came out fast.

My hubby heard from a neighbour that we could get an injection to stop more 'blisters' coming out but when we took her to the clinic (Klinik Jaya, Mediviron) on the 3rd day, the doctor smiled and said it was almost over and that all the blisters were out already and a jab would be useless and it's better to let it finish as Anne is still very young and at her age chicken pox heals faster then adults. Estimate time 6-7 days only as opposed to adult's incubation or healing period of 2-3 weeks or longer too, sometimes... Besides that, the plus point would be she would be naturally immune for life.


5th day

If we were to go for an injection when the chicken pox was at a beginning stage and curtail the spread, we might get chicken pox again, thus the reason why some people get chicken pox 2 or 3 times in their life.

Anyway, on the 5th day itself, her blisters had dried up and scabbed. I was amazed myself and with some research found a couple of articles that supported the doctor's diagnosed. Anyway, once the blisters dried up, I started dousing little Anne with Dettol mixed with water on her last rinse so that she was kept practically clean and free of any bacteria. I gave her bath twice or thrice a day as the doctor mentioned the importance of keeping her cool and clean.

All her clothings, pillowcases, bedsheets and towel and ours included were washed with Dettol as well as laundry detergent for the whole week.

But well, I am thankful she got it young and I am also thankful it's over fast.

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