Facts and Myths About Chickenpox

Fact: contamination is difficult to prevent

Simply because a child is already contagious (two days) before the symptoms manifest themselves.

Myth: if your child gets chicken pox before his or her first year of life, there is a chance that he / she will get it again later

This is theoretically correct, but in practice we rarely see this. A child under one year sometimes has a mild course, thanks to the antibodies still present from their mother. As a result, the child may build up less resistance, so that a new infection again leads to an outbreak of chicken pox.

Myth: children infect each other through skin contact

You would think so, but the real virus is not on the skin, but in the throat and nose of a child. Small droplets of the virus spread by coughing, sneezing and / or talking.

Myth: a child who has chicken pox should not eat strawberries, it would make the itching worse

Nonsense. A child who gets itchy from strawberries is most likely allergic to strawberries.

Myth: If your child hasn’t had chicken pox by the age of seven, you can be sure that he / she won’t get them again.

Nonsense – age is no guarantee. It is a childhood illness: most children have had it (luckily) before their seventh year. If you don’t come into contact with the virus until later in life, you won’t get it. Annoying, because the older you are, the sicker it will make you.

Fact: If the virus becomes active again later in life, it can cause shingles

True: after an infection with chickenpox, the virus retreats into the nerve tracts. This can reactivate at any time, but usually with a reduced immune system and cause shingles. Shingles is not contagious. If you come into contact with someone with shingles, you will get chicken pox (if you haven’t already had it), but not shingles.

Myth: a child with chicken pox must stay at home

Well, the damage has already been done – because your child was contagious before you knew he had chicken pox. If he or she is feeling well, it is therefore not necessary to stay at home, unless there are symptoms such as a fever. Infection to classmates has already taken place. What you must of course do is inform the daycare center or the school.