The chicken pox is a highly contagious disease that most often occurs in childhood; 87% of chickenpox cases occur in children under 15 years of age. It is caused by a virus known as varicella-zoster and causes small, blister-like lesions on the skin.
Symptoms of chickenpox in children
Chickenpox is almost certainly one of the easiest diseases to recognize in young children. It is characterized by the appearance of small red bumps , which are very annoying for children because they cause great itching.
Generally, these pimples appear first on the head and back, and little by little they spread throughout the body. In some cases they can even occur in sensitive areas such as the throat or genitals.
The first granites have a reddish color and are small in size. As the condition progresses, they become vesicles and eventually become crusted over.
When to go to the doctor?
There are certain red flags to watch out for. It is essential to see a doctor urgently if the little ones reject fluids, suffer from symptoms of dehydration , have a headache and / or have a feeling of drowsiness ; They may also have shortness of breath and the pimple area may appear red and swollen.
How to take care of children with chickenpox?
There are a series of very simple tips that are worth taking into account when the little ones have chickenpox.
- Isolation: chickenpox is characterized as a highly contagious disease; it is spread through the air and through infected objects. Thus, it is very important to keep the child isolated, especially when the pimples are red, which is when there is a greater risk of infection.
- Baths: Bathing is one of children’s favorite times when they have chickenpox because it greatly relieves itching. It is essential to use neutral soap, without any type of chemical component or perfume.
- Garments: when dressing the little ones, avoid tight garments; better loose clothing and natural materials such as cotton.
- Nails: special attention must be paid to the nails. Although it is not the most advisable thing, in the end it is inevitable that children scratch the pimples when they have chickenpox. Well, it is important that the nails have coasts so that they cannot be injured by scratching.
- Fever : in the event that the condition causes fever, it is best to administer paracetamol . Aspirin is not recommended because it can cause acute brain damage and even liver problems. Ibuprofen is also not a good optionbecause it can trigger other complications.
- Sun: of course, while the little ones have chickenpox, avoid being exposed to the sun since the risk of infection is high. However, it is good that they spend time outdoors because that way the blisters heal sooner.
Home remedies for chicken pox
There are a series of remedies with which, although the disease is not cured, it does relieve the itchiness that the little ones feel. Here are some of them.
Cold water compresses
One of the simplest and most effective home remedies since it considerably relieves the itching caused by chicken pox pimples. Simply soak compresses in cold water and apply them directly to the skin . The relief is practically immediate. Once the water is tempered, remove and repeat again.
On sale in practically all supermarkets, it has great power to relieve itching . You just have to mix half a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Then, with a sponge, apply the mixture to the child’s body and let it dry on its own.
Green peas are also a good option for treating chicken pox itch . Add a cup of green peas to a saucepan of boiling water and cook over low heat for five minutes. Remove and, once the preparation is warm, apply it with a sponge on the parts of the child’s body affected by the eruptions.
Honey is one of the most popular remedies for treating rash irritation in children with chickenpox . You simply have to cover the affected areas with natural honey; the child will notice a lot less itching.
Sandalwood essential oil
One of the natural ingredients that works best to relieve the itchiness of pimples in the little ones. It has great antiviral and antibacterial properties , which is why sandalwood essential oil is great for treating chickenpox, even if it causes a fever.
The application is very easy; It is enough to apply the oil directly on the areas where the smallest has pimples. It significantly reduces inflammation and, in addition, protects the child from any type of infection caused by scratching the pimples.
Although it is not the most common, there are some children who have chickenpox pimples in the mouth area, which is very uncomfortable. Well, in these cases it is advisable to gargle with salt.
Inside a glass of warm water add a teaspoon of salt. Thus, whenever you feel an itchy sensation, you just have to gargle to clean the area and soothe it.
In the vast majority of cases, chickenpox is not a serious disease , but the symptoms must be given the utmost attention. In the event that children show any unusual signs, it is important to see a doctor urgently.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.