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When should I seek medical advice for chicken pox?

You should visit your child’s GP if:
 
  • You suspect that your child has chickenpox. A doctor will be able to confirm this diagnosis.
  • Chickenpox is accompanied by a stiff neck, persistent sleepiness or lethargy as these are symptoms of a more serious illness such as meningitis or encephalitis. It’s vital that you get medical help immediately.
  • Your child is recovering from chickenpox and begins running a fever, vomiting, having convulsions or is drowsy. Get medical help immediately.
  • An adult family member gets chickenpox.
  • You are pregnant, have never had chickenpox and are exposed to the disease. Your unborn child may be at risk so seek medical advice without delay.
Find out more about chicken pox

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