April 1, 2009
Health Tip: Calming Chickenpox
Help keep your child comfortable
(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox, and its trademark itchy, red spots, is a common disease in children.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions for relieving the itch and keeping your child more comfortable:
- Have your child soak in a warm oatmeal bath every few hours.
- Apply cool, damp rags across your child's body.
- Gently pat your child's body dry. Don't rub or scratch the itchy spots.
- Dab the pox with calamine lotion, everywhere but on the face.
- If your child's chickenpox are inside the mouth, feed the child soft, cold foods. Avoid anything acidic or salty.
- Have your child take acetaminophen to alleviate pain.
- Talk to your child's pediatrician about OTC medications that soothe itching, and creams that are safe to alleviate pain near the genitals.