chicken pox

Beeha - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my 12month old girl has chicken pox..how dangerous is it?and how should i treat my baby's chicken pox and to ease the symptoms?i m soooo worried..tq..

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Tricia - posted on 12/15/2010

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No need to get really worried. Normally, chicken pox is not a serious disease. Be glad your daughter got it now since as she gets older it would get harder. Use tylenol or motrin to bring down her fever and keep her comfortable. Check the bottle or with your pediatrician for dosing at her size. Give her lots of warm baths with either a few tablespoons of baking soda or a half cup of ground oatmeal (you can grind it in a blender just till it's a bit smaller). If she is scratching a lot, cover her hands with mittens or socks. You can use masking tape wound around the wrist (over the sock) to keep it snug and help prevent her removing them. It is usually a good idea to have them at least sleep with something over their hands since the chances of scarring are much worse with scratching and many young children scratch unconsciously while sleeping. Try to keep her distracted by things she likes (lots of reading, snuggling, etc). She will probably be much more tired and fussy than normal but this is just a normal reaction to any viral infection. The active stage lasts around a week although the spots will remain for longer. She should stay away from public places until her sores have scabbed over completely. Signs of more serious complications would be a very high fever that doesn't come down after tylenol/motrin (over 104), trouble swallowing or breathing, or refusing all food and liquid. (Keep in mind she probably won't be as hungry as normal. Try popsicles or frozen juice.) Hope that helps.

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Louise - posted on 12/16/2010

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A calamine lotion available over the counter and piriton can be used for the itching. Other than that don't worry.

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Oatmeal baths are the best, just be careful as it can cause a yeast infection.

Chicken pox really becomes dangerous with older children. The older they are the higher the chance of blindness from a pox bursting after forming on the eye.

Like Tricia said put mittens or sock over the hands. Don't use baking soda on open sores as it will cause intense stinging (found that one out the hard way on myself).

Amy - posted on 12/15/2010

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don't take her around any pregnant people. That's about all I know on that. I remember having it and taking aveeno oatmeal baths and drinking vitamin C drinks to get better. other than that, I don't remember. My kids haven't had it yet, sorry. :( There is a homeopathic medicine for chicken pox, though. Maybe try your local health food store.

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