Best Ways to help Chickenpox

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Chickenpox

Chickenpox is common and can range from a few spots and quite mild to full-blown and really uncomfortable for the child. Being a mum of two small boys, I often hear of a lot of things that “work” for chickenpox – from oats in socks to chamomile – and whilst there is definitely some truth in these, below we have included medically-recommended solutions.

Here’s our top advice if your child is suffering from chickenpox:

  1. Use calpol if needed for a temperature or discomfort.
  2. Calamine lotion will help to soothe and dry the skin; Virasoothe is effective too.
  3. Drink plenty of fluid and remember the pox can be inside the mouth too.
  4. Piriton for the itch – particularly at night for a more restful sleep.
  5. Put socks or mittens on your child’s hands at night to help stop them scratching.

Please note that children are infectious until the last spot dries out so they are required to stay off school/nursery.

When to see a doctor:

While most cases of chickenpox will go away with time, there are some instances where you should call your doctor. These include:

  • under one’s with the virus
  • if the child has a weakened immune system
  • when they have a high fever that persists
  • if your child has a stiff neck, confusion, problems breathing, or a rash that’s bleeding – call 999.

The chickenpox vaccine

I’m considering the vaccine for Leo (my 2 year old who is yet to get chicken pox) and so I sought expert advice.

The NHS doesn’t offer the vaccine as it would stop chickenpox circulating in some areas – this would leave unvaccinated children susceptible to contracting chickenpox as adults, when they’re more likely to develop a more severe infection or a secondary complication, and increase the risk of shingles later in life. It also doesn’t have a cost-benefit. Generally the symptoms of chickenpox in children are mild, can be self-managed, and recovery is within a few days so it isn’t worth a national programme. However, many parents (like me) consider private vaccinations.

The chickenpox vaccine is safe, and effective – but there is a small chance your child can still get it. It provides a level of immunity, but immunity is also provided by actually getting chickenpox, which is not dangerous in children. Whilst chickenpox is generally mild, it can be very uncomfortable for the child and they do need time off school, which also impacts family life.

Other countries do roll out national programmes for the chickenpox vaccine, such as France, the US, Australia, and Canada.

So, will I get Leo vaccinated? Honestly, I’m still on the fence. Having been through it once with my eldest, I probably will vaccinate Leo to prevent that week of discomfort for him.

 

Got more questions about chicken pox? Get in touch and our doctors will help. 

 

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