Chicken pox is a mild childhood infection experienced by almost everyone, at least once. The infection results in the formation of itchy red spots that turn into fluid filled blisters later on. Before the formation of rashes, the infection is very contagious and children should not be sent to public places as other people may catch the infection as well.
The blisters then become dry and turn into scabs. The scabs fall off eventually and the child recovers from the infection. The infection may take about 10 to 20 days to show signs of chicken pox in the person.
The spots tend to be very itchy and cause discomfort to the child. Keep your child away from public areas and do not send him or her to school. You should not let your child go near people who are seriously susceptible to infection such as pregnant women, newborn babies and people with suppressed immune systems.
- Brain damage in extreme cases
Chicken pox is a mild infection but you may notice that your child is becoming a bit irritable and feeling a lot of discomfort due to the uncontrollable itchiness. While the condition cannot be remedied, it can be made easier to deal with by taking a few steps. Your child will incur a fever during the first few days of the infections and the spots will become itchier. Follow these steps if your child is suffering from chicken pox:
- Allow your child to take lukewarm baths to feel some comfort.
- Do NOT give your child aspirin. Even though aspirin is acceptable for children over 2 years of age, taking aspirin while having chicken pox or any other form o illness can lead to severe complications. Consult your doctor for further guidance about what may be given to your child.
- Trim your child’s fingernails and cover his or hands with mittens or socks so that your child does not scar himself while itching.
- Make sure your child drinks lots of fluids
- Give your child paracetamol syrup to reliever fever and apply calamine lotion to lessen itching.
- Seek medical attention if the following complications result:
- Rashes near the eyes
- Persistent infection and fever
- Fever of 103 F or more
- If the child is experiencing chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
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