On Bank holiday Monday as we were out and about, and when whilst changing Alice’s nappy, I noticed a series of red spots on her bottom, belly and forehead. I immediately suspected (upon close inspection) that they were the dreaded chicken pox. I wasn’t looking forward to it with a baby and will admit I let out a rather long sigh before laughing at the whole situation, but with cousins on both sides having them recently, I guess it was only a matter of time!

The masses of spots that appeared throughout that evening and the days following confirmed our suspicions to be true! She had them and she had them good…masses of little red blistery spots on her face, belly, all over her scalp, bottom, back, arms and legs. Our poor baby!

Whenever I ventured out (briefly for the school runs) I noticed she would arch her back in the pram and wiggly a lot, as if to be trying to relieve the symptoms. And again in her cot it was wiggly itches central and it was all very sad to see.

I always find that everything with Babies is a lot harder to face than with the others, because not only are they unable to communicate on how they are feeling (Other than constant crying and whining of course), but finding a remedy, lotion or potion that is baby friendly is so difficult and options are usually very limited!


The small blister spots are relatively harmless, but when scratched run the risk of not just long term scarring, but the child or infant getting an infection too – suddenly causing it to become way more serious than a few whiny, spotty, snuggly days at home.

Infection was something I was very worried about as you can’t exactly tell a 9 month baby not to scratch, and it was something she was doing when ever I changed her nappy or got her undressed. Whilst I know its not super common it did worry me as being able to find something that would relieve the symptoms, was suitable for her and then would actually stay on her wasn’t easy!

Suitable from 6 months, ViraSoothe by Care is a cooling gel which is clinically proven to relieve the itchiness that comes as a result of having the pox and thus not only makes the child more comfortable, but also lowers the risk of infections! It is available in gel and spray gel (whichever is more convenient to use).

Gone are the days where you have to cover your kids in Calamine lotion (which lets face it is a messy affair), and here we are with a clear gel that supports natural healing.

Tips to Survive the pox

Recognise that when people speak of “pox parties” that its all in jest and really no one wants to be in a 10 mile radius of your infected infant or child. 

Don’t feel guilty for watching trashy Tv or box sets whilst home with said child – there’s only so much cleaning one can do! 

Get yourself some little luxuries or treats so as to avoid getting cabin fever. 

If they have a temperature then give them Calpol/paracetamol. DO NOT GIVE IBUPROFEN (it causes bad reactions in people with chicken pox).

Use a cream or gel like ViraSoothe to help relieve symptoms of itching and help them better rest. 

 Pop some standard oats in a sock or tights and into their bath… this will again help relieve the itching whilst bathing. 

Apply more Virasoothe after a bath (It can be used 2 – 3 times a day/whenever relief is needed). Together they will support natural healing.

Once all spots have a scab they are no longer infectious and normal life can resume. 

We are now on day 18 since Megs was exposed to chicken pox with Alice, and as she hasn’t had them yet, I am really hoping she will get them soon! They say it can take anything from 10 – 21 days for the spots to appear after coming in contact with the virus so I am at the ready with oats in the jar and ViraSoothe to hand! Come on pox – we are ready for you!

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Last week I had forgotten that May day meant a bank holiday, and so it suddenly felt like such a bonus on Monday to have Nathan home for the day. It was so exciting to realise Monday meant no rushing but an opportunity to be able to spend some extra time as a family. So of course we made the most of it and got the kids cleaning up!!!

After a morning of tidying up and swapping around ideas of what we should do in the process with this bonus family day, we finally settled on a visit to the National Railway Museum in York. It’s been ages since we all visited there and it was great to see that the kids still loved it just as much.

Trains to most kids are an exciting concept, and more so for ours since loosing their grandpa.  They were a great love of his and it’s a place he would frequently visit with each of his grandchildren, and so they are something that ties them to memories with him. We told stories to the kids of their visits there with him it was nice and so natural to take time to reflect on memories of the past with Grandpa there.

Another exciting feature to our visit (aside from all of the amazing Trains) was that the museum also have a crime/mystery theme going on at the moment (until September) where the kids were able to use typewriters, make finger print badges and solve some mysteries for themselves! It was the perfect opportunity to get involved and get to grips with history (which is awkward seeing as though we grew up with them), and for Ethan to develop a new obsession he would later torment me with by whining for one! They also spoke to police officers past and present about crime on the railways and then went nuts dashing here and there to see all of the marvellous things on display!

They both loved letting off steam (lol) and exploring, wandering, snooping and riding on the trains – it was really nice to chill out together and I too really enjoyed myself. I felt all day that it was actually a really cool museum I have never properly appreciated and felt pretty chilled out and had a lot of fun with the kids. Now when I think back and look at my selection of pics I am feeling thankful for our bonus day of time together in a place our whole family associate with someone very special. It was just a lovely day spent together making memories in an exciting museum of all things trains!

During the visit we noticed Alice had a few red spots on her and by the end of the day we realised she most definitely had chicken pox! Its been a bit of a struggle and she looks so sad even though she is actually handling rather well. I am just so grateful we got out on Monday for a little train adventure, and were able to have a good laugh all together…because now I am going nuts with a spotty, clingy, can’t sleep properly baby!

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