Because a person with chickenpox is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears, by the time we know about a chickenpox case, your child may have already been exposed.† It can take up to three weeks for chickenpox to develop after exposure.
If you suspect your child has chickenpox, you may bring him/her to the Health Center or to your childís pediatrician.† Once a diagnosis is made, your child will not be allowed to return to school until all blisters are scabbed over.
I have included a link to the fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís website.† It answers many of the most common questions.† Itís very important to keep a child who has chickenpox well-rested and well-hydrated.† It is also important to help alleviate symptoms Ė such as fever and itching.† If you are unable to control a fever or think your child may be having any complications, please contact your childís doctor or call the Health Center.
Iíll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
Sharyl Iden, RN
Southgate School Nurse