When our kids get sick, it isn’t always an easy ordeal. We’d get so overwhelmed with worry and anxiety and do whatever measures it takes to make them better.
Unfortunately, getting sick can happen to anyone and children are the most vulnerable. From acute to chronic diseases like measles, mumps, and flu and cold, they can easily transmit to our children at any time.
Fortunately, modern medicine has come up with relevant vaccines intended to keep our children from falling into this kind of sickness. One such illness that is most common in children is chickenpox.
Chickenpox is a common and very contagious viral disease caused by a kind of virus called varicella zoster. It is characterized as noticeable rashes that break out and spread throughout the entire body. This kind of disease commonly happens to children below nine years of age and is usually accompanied by bouts of fever and itching. However, when this virus hits adults or adolescence, it is considered a complicated condition making them very unwell.
Common symptoms of chickenpox
As mentioned, chickenpox happens mostly to children, and usually, the symptoms they may feel are a lot less severe. In fact, they should mostly feel itchy all over and uncomfortable. It is because of the rash or blisters that generally appears on the body about 10 until 21 days since being exposed to the virus. These uncomfortable rashes would usually be noticeable first on a child’s torso and then going to the scalp. After a while, the rashes then spread to the rest of the body like the face, legs, and arms. Moreover, what accompanies these breakouts when the child also develops a mild fever.
Other symptoms that come with chickenpox in children include:
– Loss of appetite
– Feeling tired and fatigued
– Moody and temperamental
When should you see a pediatrician?
Chickenpox is usually a temporary disease that can go away after a time and does not require medical attention. Once the symptoms start to fade, the blisters would just become crusty before finally healing. The only time that you should visit the doctor is when your child’s symptoms have gotten worse. Moreover, when your child’s fever is high, reaching a body temperature that goes higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.9 degrees Celsius, then it is a good time to see the doctor.
What treatments are available for chickenpox?
If your child has already been vaccinated, then there shouldn’t be a reason to worry so much. There are antiviral medications that your pediatrician can prescribe and can easily be bought over-the-counter. However, since children have less tolerance to medicines, it’s advisable to administer it 24 hours after the illness has started.
Before turning to medications and as soon as your child has felt the symptoms of chickenpox, here are seven effective home remedies you can try to treat the symptoms.
- Discourage your child not to scratch the itchy skin
When your child starts to feel itchy from the rashes, he or she tends to ease the discomfort by scratching the skin. However, the most important rule to treat chickenpox effectively is not to scratch the affected skin. For the blisters, bumps, and scabs to heal faster, it is best to leave it alone to heal. When scratched, it can often irritate the skin further and make the itching worse, and it leaves scars as soon as it heals.
Gently tell your child not to scratch even if he or she has the urge to. One way to discourage them from scratching is giving them gloves to wear, and clothing should be long sleeved especially when sleeping. This way, it will prevent your child from scratching their skin mindlessly.
- Try applying a cool and wet compress on the affected area
Using a wet and cool compress or taking cool baths can significantly reduce discomfort and chances of scratching the skin. It is ideal to give your child compress or baths every 3 to 4 hours each day until the symptoms subside.
- Give your child an oatmeal bath
Organic oatmeal is said to have properties that can soothe the skin and relieve the itchiness. Oatmeal bath products can be purchased in many drugstores. However, you can make your own bath using the steps below:
– You can prepare one cup of oatmeal for your child or 1/3 cup for infants. Grind the oatmeal flakes into smaller pieces by using a blender or food processor. Place the ground oats in a muslin sheet or and unused pantyhose.
– Draw a bath in a tub of warm water. Place the packed oats into the bath and soak for about 20 minutes.
- Calamine lotion application on affected skin
To lessen the itch of chickenpox, calamine lotion is also a good solution. It is because calamine contains properties that can help soothe the skin such as zinc oxide.
Dab or gently rub the lotion on the affected areas of your child’s skin avoiding the eyes.
- Prepare flavored ice popsicles that are home-made and sugar-free
Since the rashes of chickenpox can also affect the mouth, it can be a painful ordeal for your child. To soothe the skin around the mouth, make some ice popsicles to give to your child to suck into it to lessen the discomfort. In addition, it also keeps your child hydrated from the fluids in the popsicles.
- Apply organic or raw honey on the affected areas
Honey is also an easy to find and an effective natural remedy to help treat rashes from chickenpox. It is because honey has antibacterial properties that can help fight the virus causing the chickenpox. It’s relatively cheap and safe to use, and it not only fights the bacteria, but it can also help relieve the itchiness.
- Try also baking soda for instant itch relief
Baking soda is also another household ingredient that is effective in treating itchiness from chickenpox. You can try this remedy by mixing baking soda into one glass of water, and then use a sponge and gently apply on affected skin. Other methods also include adding baking soda into a warm bath.
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