Coping When Children Get Chicken Pox

When my daughter got chicken pox it wasn’t a huge surprise to me as it had been going around her school and she also ended up passing them on to her baby bother (Mr J)who was only 16 months old but I suppose its best he gets it and gets over it for future immunity.

On day one for my daughter she developed a couple of spots on her forehead and a few hours later more showed up on her tummy and back and then by the end of the next day lots more had spread over her body. I knew straight away that it was chicken pox as i remember having them as a child myself. The pox usually have a head on them so it easy to tell. She wasn’t terribly itchy during it all although I had told her not to be scratching as it could leave marks or scars that may not fade. She coped really well during the couple of weeks of having the pox’s. I treated the spots by using calamine cream on them a few times during the day which helps to dry them up and it was most effect and worked well on both my kids. Mr J also coped really well with them but most of his pox ended up on his tummy. The picture is showing some of the spots he had on his back.


Below is some information I have found on Chicken pox for a better insight.

Chicken pox is a common and mild childhood infection caused by the Varicella Zoster virus. Common symptoms of the condition include:
Vesicular rash
Malaise (feeling unwell)
Children will typically have been unwell for several days before the rash develops showing symptoms of headache, myalgia (muscle pain), nausea and loss of appetite – commonly referred to as prodromal symptoms. Neither for my children displayed any of the symptoms before the pox appeared but every child is different.
Chicken pox is highly contagious with approximately 90% of susceptible contacts developing the disease. Infected individuals will be contagious from 1-2 days prior to development of the rash and will remain infectious until the rash has crusted over.

Treatment of chicken pox is symptomatic using antipyretic (paracetamol) and antipruritic (usually anti-histamines) agents.
Antipyretic agents will help to relieve pain and fever. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary advises that paracetamol is the antipyretic agent of choice for patients with chicken pox.
Antipruritic agents such as Chlorphenamine can be advised for children over 1 year to relieve the itch and discomfort whilst calamine lotion can also be recommended to relieve the itch. Some recent studies have suggested that calamine based creams may be more effective than the lotion.

Self-help advice
Avoid scratching the lesions as this can lead to scarring and secondary infection.
Adequate fluid intake will help to prevent dehydration- ice lollies are useful where the child’s mouth is sore.
Smooth cotton fabrics will be more comfortable to avoid overheating or irritating the skin.
Keeping finger nails short will minimise any damage to the skin from scratching.
Avoiding contact with patients at increased risk of the infection will help to reduce transmission.


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