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Treatment of smallpox in a child - what to do, what not to do? Parents advise


Attacks in nurseries, kindergartens, schools, it's tight contagious viral disease, in most children passing mildly without complications.

Giving her childhood as a child permanent resistance, despite this, many parents are afraid of its difficult course decides to give the vaccine, which reduces the risk of getting sick, but only for a few years after administration (there is a need to repeat vaccinations: booster and boost).

What does the treatment of smallpox in a child look like? What is effective? What to avoid?

Treatment of smallpox in a child: viruses and symptoms

Smallpox is a disease caused by viruses - that's why her treatment is relieving symptoms - high fever and itching resulting from pimples appearing on the skin.

Before the smallpox symptoms become visible the child may be cranky, irritable, and tired (can sleep more), have less appetite. also cold-like symptoms may appear - a sore throat, a slight cough, and even vomiting as a result of weakening of the body.

High fever in the child may be reduced with preparations intended for children - ibuprofen and paracetamol. It is worth knowing and clearly stating here some sources recommend paracetamol-based drugs instead of Nurofen or Ibuprofen in smallpox fever. Administering ibuprofen to a child with smallpox can weaken the body and extend the time of illness, but if paracetamol does not reduce high fever, there is no point in delaying the administration of another active substance.

Read what's on your child's fever.

We do not give children drugs based on acetylsalicylic acid.

How else should I treat chickenpox?

Treatment of smallpox in a child: rash

The most difficult sign of smallpox for a child and his surroundings is a rash that is severely itchy and tired.

It is difficult not to scratch, and it must not be done so as not to worsen the skin condition and cause unpleasant changes in the form of scars.

How to lubricate skin changes?

It is best to:

  • zinc ointment,
  • antihistamine ointment,
  • pudroderm (cream powder),
  • gentian (attention, dirty, leaves purple changes, but does not extend the healing time, as in the case of cream powder) - some do not recommend this solution, although many mothers claim that it is extremely effective,
  • Ocetnilin gel (antibacterial) for lubricating pimples - a new recommendation and Octenisept for disinfecting scratched wounds,
  • antipruritic gels, e.g. Poxclin.

Some parents also recommend Fenisil - drops to relieve itching.

It is worth using baths with potassium permanganate (disinfects the skin, prevents wound superinfection) or with baking soda. You can also prepare your child a starch bath.

They also bring relief cool baths. To relieve the child it is worth providing a lower temperature in the apartment (frequent airing), which reduces itching and protects against increased scratching reflexes.

Pimples in the mouth will itch less when we decide to rinse your mouth with salt water, serve cool drinks or ice cream.

After the pox has passed, the child should stay at home for a while (a week or two), because has weakened immunity and is more susceptible to subsequent illness.