Recognizing and Managing Chicken Pox

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.

Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

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.

Symptoms

  • Rashes
  • Blisters
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Pneumonia
  • Brain damage in extreme cases

Treatment

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

Learn More

To learn more about keeping your child(ren) safe take workplace approved training courses. The most comprehensive childcare course available is standard childcare first aid (click here to find the right course).

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One Response to “Recognizing and Managing Chicken Pox”

  1. Where February 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM #

    For community and wrplokace CPR you are not trained to take the pulse. This was done away with in 2005. If you are a medical professional or professionally trained to take a pulse you can still do so. The pulse check was removed and replaced in 2005 with look/listen/feel. In 2010 it was again changed to a visual inspection. They did away with the pulse check and simplified the technique. Again medical professionals and healthcare providers still check pulse but this community/workplace vid.

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