Varicella in Foreign Parts

by redblossom on June 9, 2010

Well, 6 weeks after exposure, my daughter did get her first 2 pox!

This is a little strange because chicken pox usually comes 7, 14 or 21 days after exposure.  At 21 days post exposure, she had a fever and aversion to light – but we went to my friend’s house (to see her new chickens, how ironic!) and then her fever subsided and nothing happened.  Actually, her lymph nodes on her neck became enlarged and did not return to normal.

I was busy doing onion poultices to her neck to improve the drainage of those lymph nodes before we set sail for a 3-week working tour of New England.  When suddenly, the pox emerged…

The Course of Illness:

  • First 3 days were pox emerging and low fever of 99.5-100.5
  • Next 3 days were very itchy.  For 3 nights she did not sleep between 10 pm and 3 am.  Naps were only 30 minutes.  Low fever and plenty of play during the day.  The days were better because there was plenty to distract from the awful irritation to the nervous system.
  • Last couple of days were less itchy.

Calamine Lotion was a flop.  My daughter was “afraid” of the oatmeal in the bath tub – so that was useless.  Salt baths seemed to be the best.

Homeopathic Rhus Tox 12c or 30c – Taking 4-5 pellets every 4-5 hours while awake.

For me: Consulting with friends who have ushered their kids thru Chicken Pox!  Did I mention I was staying at my mother’s house?  Having an extra mum about the house was very reassuring!  Being in a different home was a little difficult.

Well it all worked out marvelously!  My daughter has added a new book to her library of microbes!  She is much more articulate and seems more like a 4 year old than a 3 year old.  I am excited for her and a little sad to see the baby go as the girl comes in.

For more about the purpose of fever:  Please see the book in my reference list called A GUIDE TO CHILD HEALTH by Michaela Glockler.  Click Recommended Reading, Click Natural Medicine for Children.  Et Viola!  This is my most favorite resource for treating children!  It comes from MD’s who practice in a German Anthroposophic Hospital.  This means that they are MD’s who are trained in the philosophies of Rudolph Steiner.  Which means they have a wealth of experience, treating children in a way that supports the development of their minds, bodies and souls.

After I finish moving my house, I’ll write a better summary for this phenomena: While a child is having a fever, they are burning up debris that clouds their development.  They also have the chance to burn away inherited characteristics that do not serve them.  This idea comes to me from Rudolph Steiner…. But if you look at Heat Shock Proteins on wikipedia, you’ll see a scientific explanation for this, if that makes you feel more secure… I happen to love it when esoteric information is confirmed by science!

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