|Written by Cyndi Roberts|
Shingles in Children does not happen frequently.¬† In fact, it only occurs five percent of the time in childhood.¬† In order to come down with Shingles, a child would have had Chicken Pox at an earlier time.¬† Both conditions are caused by the Herpes Zoster virus which¬†lies dormant in the nervous system until the immune system is compromised.¬† Children who suffer with Shingles usually had a light case of¬†Chicken¬†Pox¬†at age one or younger, or had a mother who¬†had it¬†toward the end of pregnancy.¬†
¬†¬†¬† Step 1:¬† Be alert for any strange rash on your child.¬† Shingles in children starts with¬†itchy red bumps.¬† Like many similar rashes, water blisters¬† eventually¬†appear.¬† The difference is that this rash will follow the path of a nerve and occur only on¬†one side of the body. Usually, you will see it on the chest, back, arms, or abdomen.¬†Your child may not be in too much pain, which is not true for an adult with the same condition.¬† If the break out is on the face, nose or eye, medical attention is needed immediately.
¬†¬† Step 2:¬† Look for crusts to form.¬† This should happen in about ten days.¬† Your child will be contagious during this time period.¬† Although you cannot get Shingles from an infected person, you can get Chicken Pox if you have never had the disease.¬† Shingles in children will run its course no matter what you do.¬† A physician may prescribe soothing creams or antiviral drugs.
¬† Step 3:¬† Understand that deep scars can develop from Shingles in children.¬† It is important to try¬†to avoid¬†any picking at scabs or itching.¬† This will prevent the sores from becoming infected. ¬†