Chicken pox can leave little ones feeling utterly miserable with the horrible itching and discomfort.
Most children get chicken pox at some point and although it’s a virus that can be treated at home, the symptoms can make things very unpleasant for your little one.
Both of my children had chicken pox a few months ago, one after the other. I remember feeling so worried about how I would care for my children, and also pretty worried that none of us would be getting any sleep while the recovered!
But now I’ve seen two children through the bug, I can report it’s definitely not as bad as I worried it would be, although it certainly didn’t look pleasant!
The key to dealing with chicken pox in your kids is to have the right products on hand and good advice to help you treat them. Your GP won’t need to see your child, unless they are a very young baby, and actually they would prefer not to see them as chicken pox is so contagious.
So I thought I would share my top tips for how I treated my two girls when they had chicken pox earlier this year.
1. Know how to recognise the symptoms
The virus started with just the odd spot on my toddler – who picked up chicken pox from her nursery. At first I thought they were insect bites, but as they spread and became filled with fluid, I knew what we were dealing with.
Understanding what the rash will look like means you can isolate them from other children quickly and start treating their rash.
2. Make sure you have the right products
It’s absolutely vital to get the right remedies in so you can treat your child’s symptoms quickly. You probably already have some appropriate pain relief such as child ibuprofen, but it’s also a good idea to get something to soothe the skin directly to provide relief from itching and discomfort.
Care ViraSoothe Chicken Pox Relief Cooling Spray and Gel helps to cool and soothe the skin, helping to relieve the irritating symptoms of chicken pox. This helps to reduce scarring.
Care ViraSoothe can be applied all over the body and face with ease, plus it is suitable for children from six months onwards.
3. Dress your child in light clothing
Those spots can be very uncomfortable, and the blisters can burst if picked or rubbed too hard.
Go for long sleeves, to cover as much skin as possible, but pick out their comfiest clothes to be kind to their skin. It’s OK for them to stay in their PJs all day if they want to.
Some children do feel a bit poorly for a day or two with the chicken pox, while some behave exactly the same as normal despite the spots.
However most kids will attempt to itch or pick at the spots. You want to discourage this as much as possible, to reduce the chance of scarring.
As well as using Care ViraSoothe Chicken Pox Relief Cooking Gel and Spray Gel, you can also keep your child distracted as much as possible.
Try a favourite television programme, a book, colouring or playing a game.
5. Keep them hydrated
As with any bug, your child will fight it off much easier if you make sure they drink plenty of fluids.
Remember to have a drink on the go for them at all times.
I hope those tips are useful for helping you treat your little one’s chicken pox. Remember that although it is unpleasant, the virus does not last for too long and your child will bounce back in no time.
Care ViraSoothe is available in supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.
For more tips and advice on treating chicken pox, visit Care ViraSoothe’s online hub.