How to care for children with chickenpox? - American Medical Centers (Tbilisi)

How to care for children with chickenpox?

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Although the incidence of chickenpox has declined significantly since the development of the chickenpox vaccine, there are still children who develop chickenpox every year.

The most common symptom of chickenpox is a rash that turns into itchy, fluid-filled blisters and then scabs. The rash usually shows up on the face, chest and back first and then spreads to the rest of the body.

Other signs and symptoms of chickenpox may include:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache

To help care for children with chickenpox, we recommend the following tips:

  • Keep your child at home. Since chickenpox is contagious, keep your child at home or limit their exposure to other people until all of their chickenpox blisters have formed scabs and no new blisters develop. It usually takes about a week for the blisters to become scabs.
  • Soak in colloidal oatmeal baths. Oatmeal will help relieve some of the itch.
  • After bathing, apply a topical ointment, such as calamine lotion, petroleum jelly or another fragrance-free, anti-itch lotion.
  • Relieve fever. Use non-aspirin medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Do not use aspirin or products that contain aspirin with chickenpox. The use of aspirin in children with chickenpox has been associated with Reye’s syndrome – a severe disease that affects the liver and brain.
  • Relieve itchiness. Consider giving your child an over-the-counter oral antihistamine for children.
  • Keep your child’s fingernails trimmed short. This will help prevent skin infections caused by scratching the blisters.

Varicella vaccine, also known as chickenpox vaccine, is a vaccine that protects against chickenpox. To learn more about the Varicella vaccine please contact AMC Tbilisi anytime at +995 32 250 00 20,

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