A bitesize guide to chicken pox

July 14, 2017

Contracting chicken pox is a childhood milestone that everyone experiences. But that doesn't make it easier to deal with, especially if you're a parent watching your bubba feel rotten and there's little you can do to make it better. If your kid has got chicken pox here's everything you need to know about managing this itchy illness:

  1. Chicken pox presents itself as an itchy, spotty rash. Symptoms also include a headache, fever, general tiredness and irritability.
  2. About five days later the rashy bits turn into blisters before scabbing over.
  3. Chicken pox is contagious until all the blisters have scabbed over completely so keep your tot away from nursery or school during the infectious period.
  4. Painkillers help to reduce a fever and take some of the edge off the itch until the all clear.
  5. A soothing moisturiser that cools the skin will provide instant comfort too. Relieving the itch will make children less likely to scratch their skin and cause infections or scars. Natural moisturisers, formulated for delicate baby skin, are particularly useful because they don't contain perfumes and additives that can irritate itchy skin even further.
  6. If your tot is a baby and doesn't understand that they musn't scratch the itch, use mittens to cover up their nails to prevent them from damaging their skin.
  7. Sores can also appear inside the mouth -- ice lollies or ice cubes can numb them and reduce the discomfort.
  8. Give your child plenty of fluids to keep their hydration level up.
  9. Allow your little one to get lots of rest and wait it out! Although it can feel uncomfortable, chicken pox will go away on its own.

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