Shingles in children is very rare, this is because shingles is a manifestation of a previous virus, such as chicken pox. To develop shingles the child must have first had the chicken pox as shingles is simply an advanced version of chicken pox. It is based on a virus called vermicelli zoster virus and is developed in the nerves in the spine and is only activated if the child has been experiencing some form of illness or hot temperature.
A few of the symptoms that children experience with shingles can range from a higher than normal body temperature. You can test your child’s temperature and if it is above 100 degrees this can be attributed to shingles. Another symptom is your child experiencing discomfort with their muscles or needle like sensations in the areas affected by shingles.
In a case when your child has been diagnosed with shingles you should limit all outside activity. This means your child should stay home to ensure that they do not pass on the virus to anyone else. Any items such as towels should not be shared as well to limit the transfer of the virus. For the duration of the time that the virus is active your child should be quarantined to the house.
Keep in mind that even though your child maybe experiencing shingles, that they can pass on the chicken pox virus to others who have yet to catch the chicken pox. That’s why it is essential that you monitor your child for any potential signs of shingles to limit the passing on of the virus to others.
It’s also important to note that shingles is their most contagious during the earlier stages when the blisters are moist and least contagious when they are dry and have a scab. Even though the spots maybe at the stage of healing, it’s still best to limit your child’s outside activity.
Applying lotion and using oatmeal baths can help limit the itching associated with shingles. You’ll want to ensure that your child does not scratch or pick at the infected area as it will lead to scaring and a longer healing process. If the itching becomes unbearable you can ask your doctor for prescribed medication that help alleviate the itchiness associated with shingles.
Above all else, you’ll need to be very vigilant with monitoring your child for any signs and symptoms this disease. As your child grows older they will be exposed to all kinds of diseases and therefore it will be in your best interest to seek medical attention if you notice any worrisome signs.