Winter break is notorious for epidemics: gastroenteritis, flu, chickenpox, all of these are unavoidable.
While most of them are not that serious, you should be more attentive if you are pregnant, immuno-compromised or if you have an infant at home.
This is what Grégoire, CEO of UEX has experienced. He is the father of an infant and a little boy just recovering from chickenpox. Discover his experience with us today, to find out how he and his wife handled it in Singapore!
“An infant can catch chickenpox twice if he contracts it before he’s 6 months old.”
What have you learned from your experience as a father of two?
The chickenpox incubation period is 2 to 3 weeks. It is therefore quite likely that your child will contract it on the way back to Singapore if you were on holiday. So you have to consider having a trusted pediatrician here.
Also having a little check-up before you leave your homeland can save you from unpleasant surprises at the airport.
An infant can catch it twice if he contracts it before he is 6 months old. The second time he contracts it can lead to a risk of shingles. So you have to take more precautions.
What surprised you the most in Singapore?
In France, chickenpox is benign and it is not a reason to refuse children in daycare. You have to contract it as soon as possible or otherwise, you will suffer more from it as an adult.
In Singapore, it is slightly different. They can be quite restrictive.
Chickenpox worries them and its vaccine is encouraged. The return to school is only possible after 14 days with proof of illness ending from the pediatrician. In total, two consultations are therefore necessary.
What was the treatment to follow?
Two syrups and cream were prescribed: one for the temperature and a second to limit the itching. The cream has to be applied 2 to 3 times a day to disinfect the pimples.
But with Singapore sun and humidity we were also advised to cover the skin with long sleeves to avoid scars.
Can you share some tips for parents like you who have to deal with chickenpox in Singapore?
My first piece of advice would be to know whether you would vaccinate your child or not. I do think the question has to be dealt with when you see how much it is encouraged in Singapore.
If you really want your child to have chickenpox, ask your pediatrician: lists exist where you can put your child in contact with other children who already have chickenpox!
My last advice would be to make sure that your helper already had the disease as well as all your relatives.
To find out more about healthcare topics in Singapore you can check our articles. To understand how your health insurance plans cover the healthcare costs, you can approach UEX’s happiness team by email for more information and guidance – and the good news is that they are super nice!