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    How To Recognise It

    • Starts with feeling generally unwell, a temperature and a rash.
    • Initially begins as small red patches, a few millimetres across and then the centres develop small fluid-filled blisters within a day.
    • Further new spots develop over three or four days and eventually these dry into scabs which drop off.
    • Unless spots are badly infected, they don’t usually leave a scar.
    • Incubation period 11-21 days.
    • Infectious period: From 2-3 days before the rash appears up to 5 days after this date.

    What To Do

    To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until all their spots have crusted over.

    Chickenpox is infectious from one to two days before the rash starts, until all the blisters have crusted over (usually five to six days after the start of the rash).

    If your child has chickenpox, try to keep them away from public areas to avoid contact with people who may not have had it, especially people who are at risk to serious problems, such as newborn babies, pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system (for example people have cancer treatment or taking steroid tablets).

    Read more about what you need to do to stop chickenpox spreading.

    When to see a Doctor

    For most children, chickenpox is a mild illness that gets better on its own.

    However, some children can become more seriously ill with chickenpox and need to see a doctor.

    Contact Riverside straight away if your child develops any abnormal symptoms, such as:

    • if the blisters on their skin become infected
    • if your child has a pain in their chest or has difficulty breathing