Most of us expect our child to get Chicken Pox at some point but when they do, it’s still difficult to see them suffer. So what Chicken Pox remedies actually work? What can you do to help them through it?
Both my children had Chicken Pox by the time they were two.
When Miss A got it, I thought she was just hot and grouchy to start with as we were in the middle of a heatwave – not great timing! But soon the spots appeared and as a girl at her childminders had also had it, it was clear what we were in for. She was very uncomfortable and itchy – exacerbated by the heat – especially at night. She got a couple of nasty sore, spots but overall she had a much easier ride than her brother.
Unfortunately, J has lots of scars all down his back, along with more on his face, abdomen and legs from Chicken Pox. He was riddled with spots that got infected, went black and sore, and needed antibiotics.
We were advised to alternate giving him Calpol and Ibruprofen, which I now know is very bad advice as Ibruprofen is thought to make the Chicken Pox infection go deeper. I also wonder if his eczema exacerbated his body’s response. He had been on some very strong topical steroids not long before he caught it and I think his skin was thinner and more susceptible to infection and scarring sadly.
Most cases of Chicken Pox are thankfully still mild and there are plenty of things you can do to relieve your child’s symptoms, stop them scratching and help limit any scarring.
- Keep them well hydrated
- Bathe them in an oat bath to soothe the skin
- Use a cooling gel or spray like Virasoothe, which can give some instant relief
- Give calpol regularly to reduce their temperature
- Keep them cool in loose cotton clothing
- Try an antihistamine to help relieve the itch
- Use ibroprofen as it can make the spots go deeper. Unfortuanately, we were told to do this and it may have contributed to J’s scars.
- Let them scratch. Put scratch mitts on them and use something like Virasoothe to soothe the itch and help prevent scarring.
- Take them out until all their spots have scabbed over and they are no longer contagious
- Worry about making a fuss if you think they need further medical attention
You can see some more good tips here:
Before J had Chicken Pox I always thought of it as a mild childhood disease. One that is a bit of a right of passage but nothing really to worry about. However, I have also seen two friends’ children end up in hospital due to it, so it is important to take it seriously. If you are worried their temperature is not going down or their spots are becoming infection then make an appointment with your GP or call 111.
Care Virasoothe Chickenpox relief gel is available in Boots and supermarkets nationwide and is suitable for children from 6 months old.
*This post is sponsored by Virasoothe but all advice and opinions are our own.