Chickenpox is horrible and it can spread through an entire class of children in no time at all. When my son Jacob brought it home from preschool one day – like some sort of stealth gift – it spread through our home, like wildfire! None of us had ever had it before and my youngest, Annabelle, was only 8weeks old at the time, too.
Out of the five of us, my Husband and the baby got it the worst. It turns out, 75% of Jacobs preschool class was off with Chickenpox, too. It’s so contagious and even when it hasn’t manifested yet. Which is the biggest problem of chickenpox, isn’t it? Having it, but not even knowing until those dreaded poxes appear. It can take anything from 10 – 21 days for the poxes to appear, from the time of exposure.
Chickenpox is known to start on the torso or face. For my son, they started to show on his back. But it didn’t take long – around 12hrs or so – before they had spread to his face, arms and legs. Even his groin, which was a particularly painful experience for him. Jacob, Ellie and I got lucky because we only seemed to have a mild form of chickenpox, however, my Husband and baby daughter, Annabelle wasn’t so lucky.
Other signs, too look out for with Chickenpox are; a loss of appetite, fever and generally feeling unwell. Luckily, even though Chickenpox is a horrible thing to have, there are many ways to help soothe the itch and see you through until they start to go away.
Apply ViraSoothe Spray Gel
This is the one product that I was recommended time and time again when chickenpox, struck. It is a cooling gel, in spray form and available in Boots and other pharmaceutical stores. It comes in a handy little spray bottle, making it easy to apply to each itchy spot.
We used Virasoothe Spray Gel three times each day; it didn’t take long to dry, so clothes could go back on soon after the application and it didn’t stain any clothes.
Virasoothe is a clinically proven cooling gel which helps to soothe and cool the irritations of chickenpox. It is specifically formulated to help to rapidly calm that persisting itch as well as help to break the itch and chance of infection due to scratching.
Care Virasoothe is available in all supermarkets and independent pharmacies nationwide. It can be applied over the face & body and is suitable for babies over 6 months of age. You can also purchase it online at Boots, Sainsbury’s, Llyod pharmacies and Amazon.
An oat Bath
This is one of those soothing tips that my Mum shared. Parents are a bit legendary when it comes to ailments and things, aren’t they? You put some oats into a pair of tights and place it into a lukewarm bath. The oats in the water help to soothe the nasty itch that chickenpox brings with it. You can give an oat bath every three to four hours – for the first few days of the virus.
Keep your child hydrated
Whenever any of my children are feeling poorly, there is always one constant – keeping them hydrated. Drinking plenty of water aids your body to rid itself of viruses, faster. However, if your child has been unlucky enough to have chickenpox inside the mouth; then prevent any sugary drinks or salty foods. Which is a no-brainer, really! However, offering them sugar-free ice-pops is always a winning choice – they’ll love you more for that!
For any further advice on how to manage Chickenpox, you can check out online hub with ViraSoothe.
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