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Emma 

My 2 year old had chicken pox... any ideas on how to survive a week's quarantine? Any views on whether I can take him to the park (a very contentious topic on mumsnet!). Thank you

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Vanessa Christie (IBCLC, HV, RN) 
Yes, I'd say definitely avoid the park as you just don't know who else is around that may be vulnerable. If itching is a big problem try porridge oats tied up in cut off tights and soak them in the bath and then have lots of water play to keep them entertained. It'll be like bathing in milk and is very soothing for their skin. Plus - you can sit on the sidelines with a glass of mummy medicine in hand - win win.
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Anonymous 
I'm afraid the park is off limits. It's a bitch but that's just what happens.
Anonymous 
Magazines. A BIG sticker book. Craft stuff. Gin for you (this is swappable for beverage of your choice.). Good luck.
Anonymous 
Don't take to the park, play in the garden, books, colouring, painting
Fran123 
Sorry for the silly question but why not the park?
Guest 
@Fran - there's a risk that you could be a health threat to someone with a compromised immune system. @Emma I've just spent the last few weeks having this situ with both chikdren getting it .2.7 year old first then 4 year old now who has it so bad . Wine , for mummy !! Calpol and piriton don't take child anywhere until spots scab over... we have done these crAfty things . Waitrose paint egg thingys and put them on a tree ... painting , back door open and play in garden .. lots of cuddles x
Anonymous 
I didn't take mine to the park nor softplay, but we did go tescos both in trolley to avoid chasing around, at an off peak hour , sorry. Apart from that agree with gin 😂 and weather is nice go out in garden if you have one, painting sticker books, dancing, longer bath times 🙈
Guest 
Maybe you could take him to Woburn Safari Park. You drive around it so no one needs to come into contact with him and it will avoid you both going stir crazy.
Ktharveytaylor 
We've just had two lots of chickenpox in a row, 4y/o first, he had it mildly, 1y/o soon after, and she was utterly miserable. My son was happy with stickers, Lego, movies etc and the occasional walk when we knew we could avoid people. Luckily we're near enough open space for that to be an option. My daughter was harder to occupy and I did take her to a deserted playground nearby once just to cheer her up. It has been rubbish and even though they are both 'clear' you can sense the apprehension when some people see my daughter's scabs...
Anonymous 
Do you have a playstation? Set it up as one player, but hand your two-year-old a controller so he thinks he's playing. Works every time they're ill...
Ben Catchpole 
I'd get on social media and organise a pox-party. That way your kid will have company.
Vanessa Christie (IBCLC, HV, RN) 
Yes, I'd say definitely avoid the park as you just don't know who else is around that may be vulnerable. If itching is a big problem try porridge oats tied up in cut off tights and soak them in the bath and then have lots of water play to keep them entertained. It'll be like bathing in milk and is very soothing for their skin. Plus - you can sit on the sidelines with a glass of mummy medicine in hand - win win.
Ben Catchpole 
The porridge oat bath is a great suggestion. Worked on 2 out of 3 of ours. And bulk buy calamine lotion. As for keeping them entertained... anything that keeps their hands busy and away from the spots.

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