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When should I call my child’s doctor about chickenpox?

Call your child’s doctor if your child:
• Is lethargic (does not smile or show interest in playing for at least a few minutes during any four-hour period)
• Took steroids (such as Prelone®, Prednisone®, inhaled steroids for asthma) in the past 21 days and you forgot to tell the doctor who examined your child
• Has infected sores (one that is more red and painful than the others) or is draining foul smelling or yellow-green fluid
• Has sores in or near the eyes
• Has severe headaches
• Has a temperature above 102°F on or after day four, or above 104°F at any time
• Goes eight to 12 hours without urinating
• Has a severe or persistent cough
• Is vomiting or confused with decreased alertness
• Is inconsolable (cannot be calmed for at least a few minutes each hour using methods that usually work for your child, such as holding, rocking, pacifiers or soothing talk)

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