and young children
Chickenpox are caused by a virus and is a
common type of illness that children get.
Little spots that look like little bumps or
blisters appear all of the body. They are
extremely itchy for the child and can often
go along with flu like symptoms.
The child may begin by complaining that they
are not feeling well. They may have a sore
throat, fever, stomachache, or headache
which will lead you to believe that they
have the start of a cold or the flu. Then
the little bumps or blisters will begin to
form on their stomach or back and then will
slowly spread throughout the rest of the
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Chickenpox is an illness that is extremely
contagious for those that have not had it
before or have not had the vaccination. It
can be spread through the air, so anyone
within the same room can end up with
chickenpox. It can also be spread if the
child touches something and you or anyone
else touches the same toy or object.
If you have more than the one child that has
chickenpox, it is almost a guarantee that
the others will get it within a couple of
weeks. For anyone that has not had the
chickenpox or the vaccination, the best way
to avoid getting the chickenpox is to stay
away from the infected child and the things
that they touch completely.
It is also helpful to have the child with
chickenpox wash their hands as often as
possible. But children being the way they
are, unless they are constantly washing
their hands, the virus will spread. Some
have also gone as far to keep the chickenpox
from spreading by having the infected child
wear a mask. Although this may be a good way
to keep the chickenpox from spreading, it is
extremely uncomfortable for the child to
wear a mask all the time.
There really is little that a doctor will
do for a child with chickenpox. There is no
miracle treatment or medicine that will help
the chickenpox go away. You will basically
wait for them to clear up on their own and
do your best to keep your child from
scratching them so they do not turn into
sores and cause scars.
Although there are no cuative treatments that the
doctor will prescribe for your child, there
are some things that I have found can make
them more comfortable and will help take
away some of the itchy feeling.
* Use a cold wet cloth on the bumps. This
can help take away some of the itchy
* Giving them a bath can help with the
itching as well, but ensure that you do not
rub the towel on them when you dry them.
Just pat their body dry.
* If your child has chickenpox in their
mouth, which is not uncommon, keep this in
mind when giving them something to eat or
drink. Do not try to give them something too
salty or anything with too much acid it in,
like oranges. It can be painful for them.
* Check with your pharmacy for lotions that
work well to relieve itching.
Please be aware that
the articles on this site are written by
mothers who are discussing their own
experiences and their own opinions. They do
not, and are not meant to, represent
professional advice and should be read with
that point firmly in mind. Our children’s
welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the
slightest doubt about any aspect of caring
for a child you are urged to seek qualified,
specialist advice from a professional
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