When you suddenly spot the little red cups, you realise: Your child has chickenpox! Read here how to help your child through the illness with home remedies against chickenpox and find out when the little one can go back to school.
Chickenpox is characterised by small, red pox that can appear anywhere on the child's body. They usually start on the stomach or back, and can then spread to the rest of the body.
The cups itch and hurt for 3-4 days, after which they will dry up and form crusts. It is important that the child does not scratch or scratch at the sores as this can cause scarring and inflammation, prolonging the illness.
Table of contents
- 1 What is chickenpox?
- 2 🌟 Household remedies for chickenpox
- 3 How long is chickenpox contagious?
- 4 How is it contagious?
- 5 Can you get chickenpox more than once?
- 6 Chickenpox as an adult
- 7 Chickenpox as pregnant
- 8 How long does chickenpox last?
- 9 💉 Chickenpox vaccine
What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox is one of the six most common childhood diseases. In Denmark, people do not vaccinate against smallpox, as they do in the United States, for example. This means that all children have to go through the disease. After that, you are immune, as you can only get the virus once because of the antibodies your body produces during the course of the disease.
🌟 Household remedies for chickenpox
Chickenpox looks fierce on your little one's delicate marzipan skin, but often it actually passes quietly. So there's rarely any need to involve the doctor, but you do need to assess your child's condition.
Here we've gathered the home remedies for chickenpox that can relieve the itch and speed up healing without causing scarring infections.
Cream for chickenpox
There are various creams on the market that relieve itching.
- Zinc Liniment. A cooling cream that relieves itching and dries out wounds.
- PoxClin. One of the newer creams on the market developed specifically to relieve chickenpox. It is easy to smear, soothes and cools and inhibits bacteria from developing making healing faster.
Buy creams cheap online here, or at your local pharmacy. Both creams can subsequently be used for insect bites or sunburn.
Oats are anti-itch and anti-bacterial. A good home remedy for chickenpox is therefore to give your child a bath with oatmeal.
If you want to avoid oatmeal going down the drain, you can put oatmeal in a sock and leave it for 5-10 minutes in the bath before your child gets in.
If you are looking for an easy solution, the product Kraes Baby Bath with Oats also used against chickenpox.
Some children are so bothered by itching that they can't sleep. Then you can choose to give panodil for the itching and nausea.
If the itching is really bad and your child can't stop scratching, you can give antihistamine to children to stop the itching. It often has a slightly debilitating effect, so it's a good idea to give it before bedtime. You can get it over the counter, or ask your doctor for advice.
If your child isn't that old when he or she gets the virus, it may be impossible to teach them that they're only making it worse by scratching. Especially if it happens at night. You can then put cotton gloves or a pair of socks over your child's hands at night to prevent scratching.
Clip your nails
Clip your child's nails and keep them clean to avoid the worst scratching.
Change towels and bedding, and make sure your child washes their hands thoroughly several times a day. This will prevent the infection from spreading unnecessarily.
Something easy to eat
It may sound harsh, but it's actually not uncommon for chickenpox to also appear in the mouth and throat. This can make it uncomfortable for the child to eat normally. So serve oatmeal, yoghurt or whatever your child can get down.
Plenty of fluids and rest
As always when our body is struggling with an illness, plenty of fluids and relaxation are worth their weight in gold until we're back on top.
How long is chickenpox contagious?
Chickenpox has a long incubation period. The child can infect others for as long as 10 - 20 days before the disease breaks out.
From the moment a child is infected, it can therefore be a long time before you actually know. It is therefore almost impossible to avoid children infecting each other in the country's day-care centres and institutions.
When there have been no new cups for 2 days, or all the cups have been wiped or covered with sores, the child must go back to the nursery or kindergarten.
How is it contagious?
The virus is highly contagious. It is transmitted simply by the infected child touching a toy, and the next child to take the toy is then exposed to the infection.
As some children are immunodeficient or seriously ill, it is important to try to minimise infection.
Can you get chickenpox more than once?
It is extremely rare to get chickenpox more than once in a lifetime. So when the red patches are gone, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
Chickenpox as an adult
Despite being called a childhood disease, you can get chickenpox as an adult. However, it's rare not to be infected as a child, as the virus is often found in nurseries.
If you get chickenpox as an adult, it is usually more serious than in children. The disease lasts longer and is more troublesome.
That's probably why many parents actually seek out the virus for their child so they can get it over with.
Chickenpox as pregnant
Chickenpox poses a risk to pregnant women and the fetus.
If you did not have chickenpox as a child and are exposed to it as a pregnant woman, it is a good idea to contact your doctor and ask what to do.
If you've already had the disease, you'll be glad to know that you can pass on antibodies to your baby through breast milk, so he or she is better protected in the first months of life, when it would be no fun to be affected.
How long does chickenpox last?
How long the illness lasts is very individual, as it depends on how badly the child is affected.
The most normal thing is probably for the child to be home from school for a week. When there have been no new spots for 2 days, or all the pox has been wiped or covered with sores, the child is no longer infected.
💉 Chickenpox vaccine
It is actually possible to be vaccinated against chickenpox. You just have to pay, and the cost is 800 kroner.
Most people who get vaccinated are adults who have not yet had chickenpox or if you have someone in your immediate family who is seriously ill.
It takes two or three injections before you are protected against the virus. It is not known how long the vaccine protects, but it is likely to be long-lasting.