Chicken Pox is a childhood condition caused by a virus. The good part about Chicken Pox is that the majority of times, it gets better however,Â viruses do have a 'course' to run which is about 3 to 4 days. Bacterial infections have to be treated with antibiotics and have a longer course to run.
Some children show symptoms such a cold-like symptoms with Chicken Pox. Some just get those red, raised bumps that vary in size, I would say the typical size being the size of a pencil eraser.
Chicken Pox's biggest and worse symptom is that ofÂ 'itching'. You must not allow the child to scratch because the condition can leave scars that can sometimes take a lifetime to fade. In my youth, I always could tell when a person had scratched their bumps when they had Chicken Pox. Probably the parents didn't know how to efffectively keep them from scratching. I hope these tips help someone.
Things You'll Need to properly care for the child:
* Bottle of Calamine Lotion
*Any medication the Doctor prescribes
Make sure that as soon as you spot these red, raised bumps on your child that you take them to the doctor. Chicken Pox is extremely easy to diagnose.
Usually topical remedies are given, sometimes a little cold medicine when there is a slight cold involved and the advise to keep the children from the elderly or people with suppressed immuned systems until symptoms of Chicken Pox subside, usually 72 hours...
Bath your child in a heated bathroom in a small tub with OATMEAL rather than soap. The mildest of soaps will aggravate the 'rash' and tempt the child to 'scratch' these lesions.
Keep child covered in calamine lotion and explain to the little one that this will make him/her just feel better.Â Chicken Pox itches in the same way a mosquito bite does....
Put 'scratch' mitts on their hands while they sleep just in case they scratch, which they probably will not.
*There is an old myth out there that 'every' child has to get Chicken Pox. That is not true because I never got it myself. My son contracted it because a mother who was well-aware that her son had Chicken Pox bought her son to the Nursery anyway. More than my son got the condition. I immediately removed my son from the Nursery, followed the doctor's orders and he passed it on to no one and you would never know he had it - he never had to 'scratch' because he didn't really itch.