When children get chickenpox it’s a stressful time. This article helps you manage the situation with treatment and advice from one of our trained pharmacists.
What is Chickenpox and how does it spread?
Chickenpox is a generally mild infectious disease, presenting as distinctive itchy red spots which can appear anywhere on the body. These spots then fill with clear fluid, becoming blisters that will eventually burst before scabbing over.
Before or even after spots appear, children may experience other symptoms such as a high temperature, feeling unwell, or a loss of appetite.
Chickenpox is contagious from around 2 days before the appearance of spots for around 5 days until all spots have crusted over. Symptoms can appear around 1-3 weeks after being in contact with an infectious individual.
Managing your child’s itching when your child has chickenpox
To help manage the intense itch a pharmacist may offer a soothing cream (such as calamine lotion, or calamine & aqueous cream) and even antihistamines if necessary. Covering your child’s hands at night may be useful at preventing scratching during sleep and wearing loose-fitting clothes where possible can also help.
For a high temperature, use a cool compress or bathe in cool water.
If necessary, your pharmacist may even prescribe paracetamol suspension to help combat a fever.
Struggle to keep your child hydrated? Sugar-free ice lollies can be a great way of getting them to take additional fluids that won’t feel like a chore!
- If at all unsure about the appearance of a rash, have this checked by your pharmacist/GP
- Encourage children to take plenty of fluids
- Dress in loose clothing where possible
- Keep children away from school/nursery and those who may have a weakened immune system such as women who are pregnant, newborn babies and individuals undergoing chemotherapy.
- Don’t give your child Ibuprofen whilst they have chickenpox unless under medical supervision
- Do not give aspirin to children under the age of 16
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