Brief Guide to Treating Chicken Pox
Thanks to the vaccine that was released in 1995, chicken pox are no longer as prevalent as they used to be. However, it’s still a contagious disease that children can easily pass from one to another, and so the odds that your child may catch it are high. Here are a few tips on how to handle it if they do.
If your child has chicken pox, you have two main goals. One, you need to prevent them from scratching themselves, and two, you need to make them comfortable. You want to keep them from scratching because they can easily end up with scars from the chicken pox if they do. Make sure their nails are short, and if they seem to be scratching in their sleep you may even want to put mittens or something on their fingers to keep them covered up.
It will also help to keep them as comfortable as possible. Chicken pox can’t be cured, per se, it can only be endured until the body is able to fight off the virus. Your best friend is going to be a simple bottle of tylenol or something else over the counter, to take the bite off the itchiness and burning sensation of the chicken pox. Other things you can try include an oatmeal bath (though be sure you don’t put oatmeal right in the tub – use a nylon sock or something to strain it) and lots of calamine lotion.
Before the vaccine, parents would sometimes purposefully expose their children to chicken pox, to get the illness over with and build their immunity up. They’d wait until one kid got it and then have a chicken pox party where everyone got it. But when are chicken pox contagious? They actually get contagious a couple days before the first sign, so if your child is showing chicken pox, then you know it’s time to throw a party.
Chicken pox is something that needs to be endured rather than cured. Make your child as comfortable as you can, and that’s about all you can do until they get better on their own.Brief Guide to Treating Chicken Pox,
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