Chickenpox Home Remedies and Solutions
Chances are, you or your child will have been affected by Chickenpox
Chickenpox is a prevalent condition, and although usually affects children, it is possible to get it at any age and is more severe in adults. It rarely needs medical intervention, and will generally get better by itself within a week; however, that it is not to say that it can be quite uncomfortable, and your child might be quite distressed.
Although it is possible to get chickenpox twice, it is relatively uncommon. I will usually start with red spots that appear anywhere on the body. These spots will then fill with fluid which can then burst. They can spread across their whole body, or could stay in just a small area. These spots will then scab over. It is essential to quarantine your child until all of their spots have scabbed over, and no new ones are forming. This usually takes around five days. It is usual for the spots to become very itchy and uncomfortable, and is likely to make your child feel quite miserable.
Other symptoms can include a fever, aches and pains, and a general feeling of being unwell, as well as a loss of appetite. Bearing this all in mind, it is likely that you will want to be able to provide them with some form of relief, and this is where these all-natural remedies can help.
It is likely that calamine lotion will become your best friend during chickenpox. This is because it is proven to help to soothe and reduce itching. This is because it contains zinc oxide which will help to soothe the skin.
This is available in both a lotion and a cream; however, the lotion might be more natural to apply, especially if the spots are hurting them. To use this effectively, you should use a clean finger or a cotton pad, and dab the lotion onto their skin. Please note though that this is not suitable for use on spots around their eyes.
Sugar-free ice lollies:
Some children (and adults) suffer from chicken pox inside their mouths which can be especially painful and is likely to put a child off of eating and even drinking, which is so important, especially if they are suffering from a high temperature.
You can try encouraging and offering your child sugar-free ice lollies. There are many advantages to this, as they taste great, is a great way to get some fluids in them to help them avoid becoming dehydrated, and most importantly, they will be soothing for a sore mouth.
Oatmeal baths are a great way of soothing itchy chicken pox. It should also be noted that having a bath will not cause the chickenpox to spread from one area of your skin to another.
It is effortless to make an oatmeal bath as well. Use between 1/3 of a cup to one cup of oatmeal, depending on the age of the child, into a bath of warm water. The water should turn a milky colour. Allow your child to soak in the bath for no more than twenty minutes, for relief for itching.
Although it is tempting to scratch the blisters, this will make it worse for your child in the long run and can expose their skin to infection. However; it is not always easy to keep an eye on them, mainly while they are napping, or at night, so one option is for them to wear mittens.
If you do not have appropriate mittens to put on their hands, you can try placing soft socks on them while they are sleeping, which will help to prevent them from scratching during these times. Another tip is to keep your child’s fingernails as short as possible so that if they do manage to scratch, they are less likely to cause damage to the affected areas.
Baking soda baths:
Just like oatmeal baths can help to soothe the soreness and itching, baking soda baths can help in the same way as well.
This is an item that most people will have in their kitchen cupboards, so is an excellent option if your child is struggling to find any relief from the itching. Just add one cup of baking soda to a shallow, lukewarm bath, and allow your child to soak in it for between fifteen to twenty minutes.
The great news is that they can also take up the three baths a day if they find that this brings them some relief.
Chamomile tea is excellent at soothing uncomfortable chickenpox. A great natural remedy, chamomile is packed full of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties when it is applied to your skin, making it a great solution to chickenpox.
To use, merely brew two or three chamomile tea bags in boiling water, and allow to cool completely. Then, take a clean, soft washcloth, or cotton pads, and dip into the tea, before applying to the itchy areas of skin. Pat dry afterwards; do not be tempted to rub as this will cause them more discomfort.
Although this might sound rather odd, honey is an excellent remedy for chicken pox. This is because it has both moisturising and antibacterial properties that are great at helping to heal the blisters and soothe any soreness or itching that your child is suffering with.
To use, just apply a thin layer of honey over all of the affected areas, and leave on for fifteen minutes, or a maximum of thirty minutes, before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Do not rub.
Do remember that this might not be the most appropriate remedy for children under the age of one, as they should not have honey. If you choose to, ensure that they are supervised at all times, to ensure that they do not ingest any.