So here is the story:
-Two weeks (two Saturdays) ago I took my daughter to a holiday in the park celebration and even though it was very cold there were mosquitoes out and about. The next morning she had about 5 bites on her face. She is highly allergic to the little bugs and typically I put bug repellent on her but it was so cold I didn't think they were out. She also had a few marks on her arms but again I didn't see any cause for alarm because she had been playing outdoors the previous day with just a long sleeve shirt on. Anyway no new marks really showed up the following week and she went to daycare as normal. Her teacher knows of her allergy and she checked them and she agreed they looked like bug bites. Well this past Monday I brought her to the doctor because they weren't getting any better, no new ones had shown up though, but I just wanted to get them checked.
-The doctor had never seen anything like it. She was 80% sure it was chicken pox though. My daughter had gotten the immunity shot at age one, she is now 2.5, and so the doctor though she had the mildest case she's ever seen. About 8 dots total. It didn't start on her torso which is what i here is common and she never had a fever. She's been quite pleasant and has not been fussy at all.
-Anyway I pulled her out of the daycare immediately and told her teach it "might" be chicken pox. The director of the daycare found out and sent an email to every parent in the entire center saying there was a "contagious disease" going around and that there child was exposed. Now I am getting blamed for infecting the entire daycare and they are threatening "action."
1)How is this my fault when the daycare even examined her spots and determined they were bits
2)What should I do with the parents that are confronting me about infecting their child.
no cases so far have been reported at the daycare.
okay well first of all, the parents should not know WHO infected ANYONE. The mail going out about hte contagious disease was necessary, but no names should have been named. It's not your fault. Sweet monkey fritters! kind of action are they threatening anyway? Sheesh!
FWIW, I'd bet it's not chicken pox. DS1 is also highly allergic to mosquitoes. Which of course means that they LOVE him. When he was about 18 months old he was covered in bites. COVERED. despite all the bug spray in the world. everywhere we went people thought he had chicken pox. I even got yelled at by a woman at chuck e cheese who just KNEW they were chicken pox. THEY WERE BUG BITES!!!! and yes, they did take forever to get better.
When he was 2 he got chicken pox. I knew right away. They didn't look the same as his bug bites. For one, they were *much* smaller (his bites always swelled up). Luckily it was a mild case (this was before insurance would cover the varicella vaccine). I got him dressed in the morning, he was fine. We ran a few errands, and came home. When I took his pants off, his legs were covered in pox. I took one look at him and said, this doesn't look like bug bites. Called the doc who looked at him, called it chicken pox, and that was it.
And I hate to tell those parents, but if your daughter had chicken pox, they are most contagious before they are actually showing. I'd also be willing to bet that their kids are mostly vaccinated so they have very little to worry about, regardless! They need to get over themselves.