Chickenpox In Kid: Causes & Treatment

Chickenpox In Kid: Causes & Treatment

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the Varicella virus. Although the reported incidents of chickenpox have gradually reduced, children still get affected by chickenpox every year.

The most common symptom of chickenpox is an itchy rash on the skin all over the body, which turns into blisters and scabs. These rashes usually start with the facial skin, chest, and back and gradually start spreading all over the body. Other than skin rashes, chickenpox comes along with the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • headache

Parents can follow the following tips to help their child in dealing with chickenpox:

  • Keep your child at home - Since chickenpox is highly contagious thus, keep your child at home and limit its exposure to other people. You should continue this practice until you see that blisters have turned into scabs and no new other blisters are getting formed.
  • Relieve Itchiness - You may relieve the itchiness caused by the skin rash by applying a topical ointment. Follow the instructions to use as mentioned and use the correct dose. Consult your child’s doctor or a general physician to get a prescription for the same.
  • Relieve Fever - The fever in chickenpox is usually of low grade, but as children feel tired and have body aches, this mild fever also feels like a huge thing. Talk to your doctor about the medication that needs to be followed during chickenpox, and follow your doctor’s advice.
  • Keep your child’s nails trimmed and short - This is important to keep your child’s nails short and trimmed to prevent not scratching blisters as this may worsen the skin condition.
  • Put a lotion with antihistamines on the rash. These lotions can be availed from any medical store. If you don’t know what to buy, you may consult your pediatrician or general physician for advice.

To prevent your child from chickenpox, talk to your doctor about the varicella vaccine. Two doses are recommended for the children. These doses are recommended for kids under the age of 13 years. For children of age 13 or above, a doctor’s suggestion is recommended.

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