What is Chicken Pox?
The causative agent of chickenpox is Varicella –Zoster virus. This disease can affect both infants and adults. Some common symptoms of chicken pox include loss of appetite, stomach aches, headaches, and fever. The rashes appear on scalp, face, stomach, back, arms and legs.
If your child develops spots in his or her mouth then feed him or her cool and bland foods. Chicken pox takes two to three weeks to go away. If your child is not having a fever then he or she does not need any kind of treatment at all.
How to Cure Chickenpox In Babies
Take your child to his or her health care provider to know whether he or she is suffering from chickenpox or not. He or she will be able to tell you how to take care of your child during this delicate time.
Make your best effort to prevent your child from scratching his or her chickenpox rashes as it can lead to permanent scarring. He or she can also acquire bacterial infections due to continuous scratching. Give a bathe to your child after every four hours to give him or her some relief.
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To keep itching under control, you can also use calamine lotion. You can also give acetaminophen or ibuprofen to your child after consulting with his or her health care provider. His or her fever should not last more than two days and if it does then contact his or her health care provider immediately. Encourage your child to drink lots of fluids (water and fresh juices) to prevent dehydration.
Home Remedies for Chicken Pox
You can also try following home remedies to cure your child’s chickenpox. Make a tea by mixing two tablespoons of queen of the meadow, two teaspoons of marigold flowers, and 1 teaspoon of coltsfoot leaves in two cups of boiling water and give it to your child daily.
You can also give your child homeopathic medicines such as Antimonium crudum, Antimonium tartaricum, sulphur or rhus tox after consulting with a homeopathic doctor. Some herbs are also effective in treating chicken pox such as goldenseal, ginger, burdock root, and echinacea.
To relieve itching, mix two tablespoons of marigold flowers and 1 teaspoon of witch hazel leaves in one cup of water. Apply the prepared mixture on the rashes. You will soon notice a significant improvement in your child’s condition.
Important Things to Remember
You need to call your child’s health care provider immediately if your child’s fever rises above 38.8°C or if he or she experiences symptoms like vomiting, excessive drowsiness, a severe cough or a headache.
The most important thing which you should remember to do is to cut your child’s fingernails to reduce the risk of developing other type of infections. You should clean your child’s hands regularly and keep him or her away from other people to prevent the spread of the infection.
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