Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Chickenpox? Take Care Of Your Child

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Chickenpox is an infectious disease caused by a virus called herpes varicella zoster. The signs and symptoms of chickenpox are small, spotty and blistering skin rashes all over the body. The spots appear in clusters, which can be seen on the face, behind the ears, chest, belly, scalp, arms and legs. Other associated symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness and loss of appetite.

Chickenpox is a self-limiting disease, as the virus usually elucidates by itself without any specific management. There is no cure for this condition. However, with effective measures, you can help your child feel better quickly and enhance recovery. Following are the ways of easing the symptoms of chickenpox –

  • Antipyretics
If your child is having high-grade fever, you can give him/her a mild dosage of antipyretic like Paracetamol. However, it is recommended to seek medical help before using the medicine. Never give your child other painkillers like Ibuprofen or Aspirin.

  • Keep your child hydrated
Dehydration is commonly seen in children with chickenpox, so give your child plenty of fluids. Do not give salty foods; otherwise, mouth sore will aggravate. Sugar-free ice-lollies help soothe sore mouth.

    Virasoothe Chickenpox Relief Cooling Gel 50g
  • Avoid scratching
The rashes are extremely itchy, but it is imperative to avoid scratching to prevent scarring and dark spots. If the rashes are extremely sore and itchy, try using Calamine Lotion or Cooling Gels, which are safe to use and provide soothing effect. Oral medicines are also available to stop itching, but you need to consult doctor for an appropriate one.

  • Comfortable Clothing
Dress your child appropriately so that he/she doesn’t get too cold or too hot. Use smooth, loose-fitting, cotton fabrics, as they help the skin from getting irritated. Do not give cool sponge bath; otherwise, your child may shiver.

In advanced cases, physicians advise strong treatment in the form of antiviral drugs. Another therapeutic option for chickenpox is immunoglobulin treatment. Help your child cope with this contagious disease with proper care and support.

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