What should I do if my child has chickenpox?

By Hey Bee April 2 2020 in Babycare

Chicken pox is a communicable disease but is also self limiting, which means, the virus gradually leaves the body in a few days naturally.

Usually no medication is required during chicken pox but following care should be taken:

·         Do not send your child to school so that other children are safe.

·         Keep other kids in the house also away from the infected child.

·         Calamine lotion is usually used to soothe the spots.

·         Make children wear light cotton clothes.

·         Make them drink plenty of fluids.

·         Don’t let your child scratch his/her itchy skin. This could lead to bacterial infection and leave scars.

If the child is more than 5 years and has an intense infection of chickenpox, consult a doctor and follow the prescribed medication.

Symptoms:

The obvious sign of chickenpox is a super-itchy skin rash with red blisters. Over the course of several days, the blisters pop and start to leak transparent watery fluid. Then they dry out before finally healing. The first sign is usually a general feeling of being unwell.

·         Body aches

·         Fever

·         Feeling extremely tired (fatigue)

·         Feeling irritable

·         Loss of appetite

·         Headache

Spreading:

You can get the virus by breathing in particles that come from chickenpox blisters or by touching something on which the particles landed.

Most cases of chickenpox are mild and go away on their own. But see your doctor right away if your child develops any of the following symptoms:

·         The rash spreads to one or both eyes.

·         The rash gets very red, warm, or tender.

·         Dizziness

·         Shortness of breath

·         Vomiting

·         Stiff neck

·         Fever over 102 F

Prevention:

Your child should get 2 doses of Chickenpox Vaccine. One at 15th month and second at 18th month to prevent the disease. Vaccine is painless, Very safe and 95% effective  if both the doses are given on time.

  

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