chicken pox hell!!!!help!!!

Melanie - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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my 3 yr old has chicken pox,just wondered on any idaes how to soothe the iching.She just crying and in discomfort all the time.Ive tried calamine lotion and warm baths.

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Carolyn - posted on 01/09/2009

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OH YES, All four of my kids got it at the same time.  We used Aveeno bath alot, we didn't have much success with Calamine though seemed to where off to quick.  I tried this stuff called IVA Rest, normally it's used for poison IVY but I'm telling ya it worked really well.  You can get at any Drug Store.

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2009

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i used calamine lotion its rubish frankly then someone told me about milk of magnesium its a indigestion remady for heart burn and stuff use that its great and it dries them up quicker too.

Ann - posted on 01/07/2009

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calmine is good but eurax cream is fantastic!! which can be bought over the counter and antihistine...piriton

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Nicole - posted on 01/29/2009

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Calomine lotion worked in the past! It is a thick pink gooey lotion and they have pink spots everywhere but it soothes them....Thankfully none of my 4 ever had them as they got the vaccine for it..good luck!

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Oatmeal baths are AMAZING! They really do help with the itching. And also, if there aren't too many pox and none of them are broken open you can put orajel (nighttime works best) on them in a bind to help. That will help to numb them in times of extreme itching. Ice also works great. Keeping the pox well hydrated will cut down on all of the itching so be sure to keep good quality moisturizer handy and slather it on whenever possible. I really like Bag Balm. Its lanonin so it's really good for the skin (naturally) and also has antibacterial atributes. You can find it at Walmart, etc but I buy mine at Tractor Supply because it's cheapest there. Good luck with the itchies!

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2009

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Have you tryed baking soda baths, just put a liberal amount of baking soda in the tub with luke warm water and it will soothe away the itches. You can also make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the itches and it will help soothe the itches when the little one is out of the tub. My mom had 7 kids and this is what she did with all of us.

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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oatmeal baths are the go and try cool baths (not cold)  instead of warm ones as it can move the blood vessels away from the skin slightly and therefore reduce the heat and inflammation in the cores which keep them itchy

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2009

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oatmeal baths are the go and try cool baths (not cold)  instead of warm ones as it can move the blood vessels away from the skin slightly and therefore reduce the heat and inflammation in the cores which keep them itchy

Dana - posted on 01/08/2009

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Try crunch Cheerios in a bag and pour in a lukewarm bath.... I ve heard its a great feeling! Also use fresh lemon to rub all over the poison oaks/ivy. It kills or reduce them quickly... It works for me... My kids have not gotten them yet but if they did, I would do these things...

Tamra - posted on 01/08/2009

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Solarcaine lotion. A pharmacist told me about this once. It has relieve medicine in it for sunburns and works well with chicken pox. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 01/08/2009

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I see others have suggested Aveno oatmeal baths.  I believe Aveno also makes oatmeal lotion as well.  Benadryl also helps with itching, which may cause drowsiness.  But, you have to be careful, because it can also cause a paradoxical effect, causing hyperness.  Consult a pharmacist for correct dosing.   I hope she feels better soon.

Tiffany - posted on 01/07/2009

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I used soap crayons..... it was a good way for him to sort of rub the itch and it was entertaining for him to play connect the dots with his chicken poxs. Also I used liquid Benydryl. My sons was so bad we were quarentined at home.... for 21 days!  My towns hospital was full of kids with this bad strain and my son wasnt violently ill... just itchy LOL

Tamra - posted on 01/07/2009

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Solarcain lotion. A pharmacist told me about this some time back. Personally, I am not 100% on the chicken pox vaccine. I think sometimes we can give kids too much stuff in their little bodies. I have 3 kids. The first 2 had the chicken pox, and the youngest one hasn't had it yet. She's almost 13 years old now, and hasn't had it yet. I also will not have my 2 girls (17 & almost 13) get the HPV immunization. I am not against all immunizations, don't get me wrong. Just not 100% on this particular one and choosy about which ones my kids actually need.

Melissa - posted on 01/07/2009

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Has anyone mentioned how this could have been prevented by the varicella vaccine? The vaccine is free and lasts for at least 15 years. Or is preventative health taboo? My apologies if it is.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/07/2009

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Where do you live? I know this sounds crazy, but I have been trying to find someone with the pox to expose my kids to. We have chosen not to immunize and would rather the kids get them now while they are young so they won't be at risk later when they are older and it is more dangerous.

Evelyn - posted on 01/07/2009

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bath her in bath with reg. oatmeal put into a nylon or knee high tye it into a ball the oatmeal calms the itching the water turns milky

Andrea - posted on 01/07/2009

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I am finally in the home stretch with my kids and the chicken pox.  all three got them the sunday after christmas.  my pediatrician also recommended calamine, but my son (4) refused to use it (he has some sensory issues).  Thankfully my girls (3 & 2) didn't have it too bad.



you can try the oatmeal baths.  I did baths with cornstarch (using about 2 cups in the tub), I've also heard you can use baking soda, though I'm not sure how much to put in- probably similar amount to cornstarch.  remember to do just a cool-to-warm bath, if the water is too hot it can irritate further.



I just keep reminding my kids not to itch.  clip fingernails as short as you can.  try a cool washcloth- she can pat it on the itchy areas.  I also told my kids that if they itched, instead of scratching, try patting.  sounds corny, but it helped. 



my doctor also recommended benedryl to help relieve if the itching was bad- you'd have to call the doctor or a pharmecist for dosage.  and if she is really uncomfortable, tylenol. 



good luck!  it's difficult to watch them go through, but thankfully it shouldn't last long.  just make sure once they dry up & scab she doesn't pick at the scabs:)

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When my 7yr got cickenpx she was 1 1/2 the doctor told me calamine lotion, but I found it didnt work....My aunt whos a doctors receptionist advised me to try a little salt in a lukewarm bath and it did the trick!!! also any liquid paracetamol will help.

User - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Melanie:

chicken pox hell!!!!help!!!

my 3 yr old has chicken pox,just wondered on any idaes how to soothe the iching.She just crying and in discomfort all the time.Ive tried calamine lotion and warm baths.


I found that liquid Benydryl worked best for the itching.  Topicals usually sooth for the moment but as the small hairs begin to break through as it dries sets off the itching once again. I used it for all three of my children and none scarred as the itch was not present.  Liquid works faster that tablets or caplets as it is absorbed quicker.



 

Hilary - posted on 01/06/2009

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When my son had chicken pox i was told by the pharmacist to use calamine lotion or  a cream containing calamine lotion (apparently less messy/easier to apply but they didn't have any in stock at that time!) and Pirition syrup (which is an antihistimine) and would help ease the itching.



  

Keah - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi when i chicken pox when i was 13 a bicarb soda bath did wonders. Nothing else really worked for me

Shelley - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son responded well to the oatmeal bath. You can buy the packages from the drug store by Aveda. They are soothing for awhile but distraction is the key. My son watched all of the lord of the ring movies and we read him his favorite books for hours so he wouldn't think about it. It was the toughest few weeks of our lives......



good luck

Brenda - posted on 01/06/2009

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Calamine Lotion is known to be used by many moms and it does soothe the itch.

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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I vote for the oatmeal bath...my son had terrible hives from an allergic reaction to a medicine and they were extremely itchy as well. We stuck him in an oatmeal bath (Aveeno makes it and it comes in a box that has packets). That seemed to help a bit. Other than that, some kind of antihistimine (spelling?).

Shelly - posted on 01/06/2009

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Menthol shaving cream is the best thing I found for my three.  It cools the skin and stops the itching - it's cheap and simple.

Lisa - posted on 01/06/2009

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AVEENOM lotions, bathes ect..calimine is not good for children,it chemical make up is for adults!!! AVEENO all the way!!

Katrina - posted on 01/06/2009

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Cammomile tea, hops, and scullcap are all good for calming.  Lavendar is good to to help sleep come easier.  Let them smell the lavender.  The other herbs can be used as a tea to drink.  When I had chicken pox as a child I remember that the oatmeal bath felt really good.  Hope you get over the worst part soon.  Better now that later!  Aloha!

Lynette - posted on 01/06/2009

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all 3 of my girls got it the elder one first then the younger 2 together, i used calamine cream as like others say the lotion dries out and doesnt really help, loose clothing and plenty to occupy the mind something they enjoy that takes a long time. i know it is freezing at the moment but mine had it in the spring and i used a fan to circulate the cool air on them they found that good, you could alway use a hand held fan or like for a quick fix.

Lynette - posted on 01/06/2009

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all 3 of my girls got it the elder one first then the younger 2 together, i used calamine cream as like others say the lotion dries out and doesnt really help, loose clothing and plenty to occupy the mind something they enjoy that takes a long time. i know it is freezing at the moment but mine had it in the spring and i used a fan to circulate the cool air on them they found that good, you could alway use a hand held fan or like for a quick fix.

Kara - posted on 01/06/2009

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I took a large amount of oatmeal and put it into soem cheesecloth, tied it off and put it into the bath.  I would use the it as a sponge and just squeeze it all over their bodies and it was the only thing that comforted my boys on the spot.  Also- calendula cream and the homeopathic remedy - sulphur helped them scab over quickly.  Good luck!!!

Jill - posted on 01/06/2009

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Calamine lotion did nothing for my 2 when they had chicken pox, if anything it made them itch more when it dried on their skin. Piriton stopped them from itching so much, as well as dosing them with calpol every few hours. Hope they are out of the worst of it soon!! Xx

Pati - posted on 01/06/2009

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My daughter got them 2 x first one was just a few, second time she was covered!  warm baths with oatmeal soaps, loose cotton tee shirts I let her wear mine and her dads and benadryl. I found that the calamines and such were hard to get off since her whole body was covered. trim the nails and use socks on the hands if they scratch alot. We made pupets out of dads socks with markers and buttons and such and put them on our hands and feet to have some fun. distractions are great to.

Linda - posted on 01/06/2009

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Calamine lotion, which you can buy over the counter usually works...if not soak them in oatmeal

Motherofmany - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi Melanie!  I am so sorry you are going through that with your little girl!  It can be so unsettling and frightening...I went through chicken pox with all ten of my children (yes, ten!) and it is so hard...your life is literally halted!  When my now almost 19 year old was 2 years old she got the chicken pox and all my friends said, good, she won't get them bad since she's young...this was pre-vaccine, which I still opted out on, but in the end she wound up with an accute case of them, covering literally her entire body, without much healthy skin showing anywhere.  A high fever for several days and she was MISERABLE!  The thing that seemed to calm her, although temporarily, was a 3-4 times-a-day Aveeno bath. 
The other LIFESAVER was popsicles!  (though it was during the hot season) I bought the Dryers or Welch's juice bars (less sugar, more whole fruit) and I allowed her as many as she wanted as well as a little "bed" on the floor in front of all her favorite movies.  I had an infant at the time and that helped me get bathroom breaks and tend to my baby!  My mother used calamine lotion on me when I had them at ten years old and I still remember how awful it felt...it dried and peeled which made the itching all the more frustrating for me. I opted out on using it with my children.  Just let the pox dry out on their own!  Hope that helps! :)  Good luck & hang in there.  Blessings, Renee






my 3 yr old has chicken pox,just wondered on any idaes how to soothe the iching.She just crying and in discomfort all the time.Ive tried calamine lotion and warm baths.


 

Tricia - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi we have a bit of an chickenpox epidemic over here at the moment my friend was advised by her gp not to encourage warm baths. Try using anti-histamines or sudocrem, also not sure if you can get it but if you can try drapolene cream, hope this helps.

Ann - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son, who was vaccinated, got them in December. We used LOTS of calamine. He was 11 yrs at the time so could describe things very well. He said a shower or bath in plain warm water made him itch more. I've also been told that Aveeno oatmeal bath is very good.

Dianne - posted on 01/06/2009

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I see you've used calamine lotion, that's what my mom used.  My kids were both vaccinated, so I haven't had to deal with this.  Maybe some benedryl cream?  Or that clear anti-itch stuff - my daughter uses it for bug bites, it's not calamine I don't think.  She has bad itching when she gets a bug bite.  I would also call in to your dr. and ask one of the nurses what she can suggest. Sometimes they are VERY helpful (most are parents themselves as well as being nurses.) And maybe they would suggest a mild pain killer (baby ibuprofen or baby tylenol?)  



 



Sorry I can't be much more help - oh- have her wear socks on her hands to keep from itching so much too.  Distract her by playing a game or reading to her as well.  Make a game of 'not itching' - set the timer for 1 minute and see if she can go the WHOLE minute w/o itching, if she does, give her a sticker for a sticker book or something little.  Keep adding minutes (with or without telling her) and keep rewarding her. This game won't keep her amused forever, and don't punish her for itching, but it might distract her for a while.

Talita - posted on 01/06/2009

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go ask your doctor for a anti histamine cream to apply to the lesions, you might be able to get it over the counter from a pharmacy depending on the local policies. You also get anti histamines in syrup form. They all work well.

The product i used was called Anthisan.

Hope this helps.

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