Last week, my four year old complained of her abdomen itching. I disregarded it because she is always complaining about a stomach ache, headache or some sort of “ache.” Later in the evening, my husband was getting her ready for bed when he noticed a little rash beginning. I again disregarded anything he said because he complains about aches as much as her.
As I got her ready for gymnastics the next morning, I noticed her scratching these rashy looking spots. Now, I took notice. It kind of looked like poison ivy, but she wasn’t around any poison ivy, especially not naked, so there was no chance of that. Was it the chicken pox? I knew in my head that she had her immunizations against chicken pox so, of course, it couldn’t be that. What could it be?
My daughter is known for getting mosquito bites and blowing up into a watermelon size within days. She gets every rash and has a reaction to anything she comes in contact with, so a little rash on the tummy area? Not really a big deal. However, it was worth showing to the other parents at gymnastics. So I, of course, stripped her clothes off anytime anyone was willing to look and everyone said the same thing: CHICKEN POX.
I wasn’t sold on the chicken pox theory because SHE WAS IMMUNIZED, so I took her to the person who would know best: my mom. One look and she called it, too: chicken pox. But, I don’t understand. SHE. WAS. IMMUNIZED.
I finally broke down and made a doctor’s appointment. The doctor confirmed what I pretty much already knew, she had chicken pox. How could this be? My baby was IMMUNIZED. It was then that the doctor told me that even though there is the chicken pox vaccine, kids can still get the chicken pox. The shot will protect them from the fever and sickness of the chicken pox, but not the rash. It will help with the severity of the rash, but we still need to treat it like a normal chicken pox. Although she only has a few “dots,” it was enough to shake things up.
I contacted the school (as any good parent should do) to inform them that my girl has the pox and will be off school for the next five days. I ran into a few parents and casually told them about her situation and apologized in advance if their kids contract the rash. Their reaction was amazing, and not in a good way.
One parent looked at the other and said, “I haven’t heard of kids getting the chicken pox anymore have you?” And then a pointed,“Did you immunize her?” I informed them that yes she was immunized and let them in on what I had learned. They still didn’t seem satisfied.
I also went to the school office where the secretary’s face dropped when I told her my daughter had the chicken pox. She let me know I had to tell the teacher. So down to the teacher I went, where she immediately seemed very concerned. She informed me that there will be a sheet hung outside the door that states that there is a child who has been diagnosed chicken pox in the preschool class, “BUT IT WONT TELL ANYONE WHO SHE IS.” (She has chicken pox, I don’t care if people know who she is.)
I came home kind of surprised that everyone acted weird, because, really? The chicken pox aren’t actually a big deal. Then the text message came in from a very dear friend notifying me that “someone in Sloane’s class has chicken pox, YIKES.” (Yes, my daughter.) Shortly after that, I received an email from the teacher to all of the parents: “There has been a case of ‘varicella’ in the PM preschool class.” Now my nice little innocent “chicken pox” kid has an official name: “varicella.”
As a child, I remember when our parents would bring us around other kids that were contagious so we would get the chicken pox just to get it over. Chicken pox used to be as common as a cold or the flu–it was just one of those things that every kid dealt with at some point. What happened to those days?
I just wanted to share my story to let parents know that because your child has had the chicken pox vaccine, or to put it in proper terms the “varicella vaccine,” they CAN STILL GET THE CHICKEN POX, and don’t freak out…it is still JUST THE CHICKEN POX.
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TV Talk Tina, real name Tina Haddad, is a wife, mother and self-professed “reality TV junkie” who loves all things entertainment. See more of her vlogs and blogs, here on Prime Parents’ Club. [/author_info][/author]