Chickenpox

Most children will catch chicken pox. Chicken pox is usually mild and clears up in a week or so.

Common symptoms of chicken pox are:

  • Spots which are raised and red- they can develop on the face and chest at first before spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Blisters which can develop over the next few hours or days of receiving spots which are very itchy and develop on top of the spots.
  • Scabs and crusts which tend to develop when the blisters start to dry up. The scabs and crusts will fall off themselves gradually.

Chicken pox can be treated at home, your child may be feeling pretty miserable and uncomfortable, but you can try the following remedies to try and alleviate the symptoms:

  • Paracetamol-to help relieve your child’s fever and discomfort- we strongly advise against giving your child any anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen as sometimes they can make children with chicken pox very ill.
  • Calamine lotions, moisturising creams or cooling gels to relieve itching.
  • Try ensure your child either pats or taps their skin rather than itching it.
  • Ensure that your child drinks lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.

When to seek medical advice:

  • You’re not sure if your child has chicken pox or not.
  • Your baby is less than 4 weeks old and has chicken pox.
  • You develop chicken pox as an adult.
  • The symptoms haven’t started to improve after 6 days.
  • You’ve been in contact with someone who has chicken pox or you have chicken pox symptoms and you are currently pregnant or have a weakened immune system.
  • You or your child have signs of chicken pox complications such as-swollen or painful skin, difficulty breathing or dehydration.