Chickenpox

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Chickenpox  is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point.

There will be a rash of red, itchy spots that then turn into fluid-filled blisters which will crust over to form scabs and then drop off. Usually the spots appear on the chest, stomach, arms and armpits, face, ears, scalp and legs. Some children will have only a few spots, while others may have them over their entire body. “Chickenpox is most common in children under 10. In fact, chickenpox is so common in childhood that 90% of adults are immune to the condition because they’ve had it before.” (under introduction – Irish Health Service Executive)

If your child has chickenpox make sure that they drink plenty of fluids so that they do not become dehydrated during the fever stage. Sucking on ice cubes or ice pops made from diluted juice may appeal to them more.  A cool or lukewarm bath every 3 to 4 hours for the first few day with 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of baking soda, or oatmeal per tub of water can help with the itching. Baths do not spread the chickenpox. After the bath use a towel to pat your child dry, never rub, put calamine lotion on the itchy spots. Also massaging the itchy spots with an ice cube for about 10 minutes can help. Homeopathic remedies such as Rhus tox or Ant tart can help shorten the duration of the chickenpox and alleviate the itching, contact your local homeopath for more information on what to give and how often.

Ibuprofen should not be given with chickenpox because of its link with severe Strep (Streptococcus) infections.

Remember that their are other Strep skin infections such as impetigo, so do not use ibuprofen with them either.

Reye’s (Ryes) syndrome is a rare but serious condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain. Reye’s syndrome most often affects children and teenagers recovering from a viral infection, most commonly the flu or chickenpox. Aspirin has been linked with this condition so never give Aspirin to children with chickenpox.

As always diet is important so make sure that you have a healthy diet so that when you do come into contact with diseases your body is nutritionally supported to deal with them.

 

Resources:

Irish Health Service Executive 

Boy with Chickenpox left fighting for Life after Docs Prescribe Ibuprofen. www.truthking.com

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