What is Chickenpox

Chicken pox is very common in young children under the age of 10, this condition is contagious and can spread like wild fire amongst the classroom. By a child having chicken pox when they are younger, their chances of getting it when they are older are greatly reduced. Chicken pox appears on the skin as a red, blister filled with

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Diagnosis of Chickenpox

Typically chickenpox does not require any medical tests in order to diagnose. The symptoms of chickenpox are usually distinctive enough and can be distinguished from other conditions and rashes.(New Health advisor, 2015) “You can be pretty sure that it is chickenpox if there are the key symptoms of a mild fever followed by an itchy rash, with blisters and scabs”

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Training Needs of Staff when dealing with Chickenpox

  With all medical conditions staff in all settings should have appropriate and up to date training to ensure they are able to support the child’s medical needs appropriately and confidently. According to the statutory guidance “Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions”; The school’s policy should include that any member of school staff providing support to a pupil with

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Process of Referral

Process of referral   Once a person has been infected with the chicken pox virus, it takes between 10 -21 days before the symptoms begins to show. A practitioner in the early years setting will suspect a child has chicken pox is they have been scratching a lot during the day or they have noticed spots on the child’s leg neck or face.

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