*A collaborative post
I remember getting chickenpox as a child. I was covered in spots and it was miserable. I’ve still got the everlasting scars etched on my face and upper body where the itch was just unbearable. It’s a common childhood illness that is contagious and presents itself as an itchy, spotty rash. To date, my four year old son, Olly hasn’t caught it. I’ve been expecting it’s arrival ever since he started pre-school if I’m honest and I’m fully prepared (physically if not mentally) for the day when he gets them.
Having spoken to friends about their children’s experiences with chickenpox, I’ve compiled my top five things to do when the unfortunate time comes and we have to handle the pox at home.
Five things to do when your child gets chickenpox
1) Be patient – Easier said that done but your child is going to be miserable, upset, impatient and probably unbearable to live with for the next week or so. Beth from Twinderelmo remembers when her son caught the pox, “it was rather stressful but lots of cool baths and minimal clothing helped along with lots of drinks and treats (and patience!)”
2) Give them an oaty bath – One way to help soothe the constant itch of chickenpox is to fill the foot of an old pair of tights (or socks or a muslin) with a big handful of porridge oats. Colette from Going on an adventure calls it “a magic bath” and with three young children she knows her stuff! Tie off the tights so the oats form a ball and hang it over the bath as the water is pouring in. It will create a milky effect in the water which has calming properties for itchy skin.
3) Use a soothing gel such as Care ViraSoothe – Care ViraSoothe is clinically proven to help cool and soothe the distressing symptoms of chickenpox. It’s a gel that can be easily applied over the body and face and should be applied 2-3 times a day or whenever relief is needed. It’s specifically formulated to break the itch, scratch, itch cycle by quickly calming the constant itch. It’s also suitable for children over the age of six months so even babies can use the treatment.
Care Virasoothe comes highly recommended. Mary from Over 40 and Mum to One says “ViraSoothe worked wonders”, Susan from SusanKMann unfortunately caught the pox from her boys but used ViraSoothe which helped whilst Laura from Five Little Doves says she “survived it with a combination of ViraSoothe, chocolate, CBeebies and wine.” It’s good to learn from others experiences and we’ll definitely be stocking Care ViraSoothe in the bathroom cabinet. Care ViraSoothe is available from Boots, pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.
4) Get some fresh air – Whilst the virus is contagious from before the rash comes out and until the spots crust over, getting outside for some fresh air will do you all the world of good. Lauren from Scrapbook Blog recommends you should “go to the beach or for a country walk if your child feels up to it. You’ll all feel better for getting some fresh air and should be able to steer clear of other folk too!”
5) Keep them hydrated – One of the first things I notice about Olly when he’s poorly if how he doesn’t want to drink. It’s so important to keep them hydrated when they’re ill as they can deteriorate very quickly. Little and often is key and ice lollies can help too if they unfortunately get any spots in their mouths.
I’m fully expecting Olly to get chickenpox before the year is out. It’s so common in pre-school and Reception I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. But I’m prepared (and dreading it all in one!) What are your top tips for coping with chickenpox? I’d love to hear them!