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How to care for children with chickenpox


Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease
caused by a virus. The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get
the chickenpox vaccine, as most people who get the vaccine don’t get chickenpox. If a vaccinated person does get chickenpox,
it is usually milder with fewer blisters and little or no fever. The most common symptom of chickenpox is a
rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters and then scabs. The rash often shows up on the face, chest, and back first and then spreads to the rest of the body. It usually takes about a week for the blisters
to become scabs. Other chickenpox symptoms include: – A fever
– Tiredness – Loss of appetite; and
– A headache If your child gets chickenpox, there are many ways to relieve his or her symptoms and prevent skin infections. To care for chickenpox, follow these tips
from dermatologists: Since chickenpox is contagious, keep your
child at home or limit their exposure to other people until all of the blisters have formed
scabs and no new blisters develop. Soak in colloidal oatmeal baths. Available at your local drugstore, colloidal
oatmeal will help relieve some of the itch. Add the oatmeal under the faucet while the
tub is filling with lukewarm – not hot – water. After bathing, apply calamine lotion, petroleum
jelly, or another fragrance-free, anti-itch lotion to your child’s skin for additional
relief. Avoid over-the-counter topical antibiotics
as they may cause an allergic reaction. Relieve fever by using non-aspirin medications,
such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Do not use aspirin or products that contain
aspirin with chickenpox. The use of aspirin in children with chickenpox has been associated with Reye’s syndrome – a severe disease that affects the liver
and brain and can cause death. To relieve itchiness, consider giving your
child an over-the-counter oral antihistamine for children. Always follow the directions on the label and use the correct dose. Keep your child’s fingernails trimmed short to help prevent skin infections caused by scratching the blisters. For young children, put socks or mittens over
their hands to prevent scratching. For most people, including children, chickenpox
clears on its own without treatment. However, see a pediatrician or board-certified
dermatologist if your child has trouble breathing, appears really ill, or if any of the blisters appear to be infected. To find a dermatologist in your area, visit
aad.org.

23 thoughts on “How to care for children with chickenpox

  1. I really wanna cry because my sister always bullies me and it make me feels soo disgusting i am soo worried about my skin and i really regret it

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