Doctor

Any parent with little one knows the dread when you see a few little spots and before you know it, it’s full on dot-to-dot all over your little one.

But, what practical things do you need to know about chickenpox?

 

Most children will catch chickenpox at some point, adults who didn’t catch it as a child could also get it too.

It’s usually not dangerous and clears up within a week or so, although, pregnant women, newborn babies and those with a weak immune system may be at a higher risk of it causing other problems.


Symptoms

The symptoms of chickenpox start one to three weeks after being infected.

The main symptom is the rash, which develops in three stages –

  1. Spots –  red raised spots develop on the face and chest before spreading to the rest of the body.
  2. Blisters – Over the next few hours or following days very itchy fluid filled blisters develop over the spots.
  3. Scabs – Over the next week or so the blisters will scab over and fall off by themselves.

 

Chickenpox is contagious until all the scabs have fallen off.

Read more about the chickenpox and symptoms >>HERE<<


Treatment

Chickenpox can normally be treated at home with over the counter products.

Granted, your child will probably feel quite miserable and irritated with the itching but that will soon subside.

You can do a few things to make it easier to handle, such as –

  1. Use Paracetamol to relieve the fever and discomfort. DO NOT use painkillers such as Ibuprofen as this is an anti-inflammatory and can make people with chickenpox even worse!
  2. Pick up some Camomile Lotion, cooling gel or moisturising cream to take away the irritation of the itching.
  3. Try to encourage your child to tap their skin if it is itchy instead of scratching as it can cause scarring of the chickenpox.
  4. Like most illnesses, drink plenty of fluid and stay hydrated.

 

As with any illness, if you’re unsure of what it is, the severity of the illness or how to treat it, please do seek medical attention and advice from a GP or other trained medical professional. 

 

To read more in depth about chickenpox, see >>>HERE<<<