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I’m a family doctor and here are the mistakes so many parents make when it comes to chickenpox

WINDPOX is a common childhood illness and as a parent it’s important to know what to do if your child gets it.

With the abundance of information on the Internet, it can be difficult to get the right advice.

Chickenpox is a common childhood illness, but a doctor has uncovered the mistakes parents could be making

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Chickenpox is a common childhood illness, but a doctor has uncovered the mistakes parents could be makingPhoto credit: Getty
dr Ranj Singh published his advice for parents whose children have chickenpox

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dr Ranj Singh published his advice for parents whose children have chickenpoxCredit: Instagram/@drranj

A doctor has uncovered common mistakes many parents make when their children get chickenpox.

post on Instagram, dr Ranj Singh said it’s no surprise that infections like chickenpox are making the rounds as children start mixing again after Covid lockdowns.

A common treatment that many people use on their children when they have itchy skin is calamine lotion.

But dr Ranj said this can actually make chickenpox worse.

He explained: “Did you know that using calamine lotion can make it feel more itchy? It cools the skin (which feels nice at first), but can then also dry it out (eurgh!)!

dr Ranj also added that ibuprofen use should be avoided unless medically recommended.

This is because ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that can react with chickenpox, causing them to penetrate deeper into skin tissue.

NHS guidelines state: “Only use ibuprofen if directed to do so by a doctor as it can lead to serious skin infections.”

dr Ranj also shared his top tips on what parents should look out for and how to treat chickenpox.

He said chickenpox is caused by a virus, so antibiotics wouldn’t help unless the patches became infected.

He explained that parents should watch out for classic red/blister/scabbing patches that your kids complain about being “really itchy.”

“Chickenpox is usually better after 1-2 weeks – you’re contagious two days before until all the spots are crusted over,” he explained.

To treat chickenpox, the NHS says you first need to check it’s actually the patches.

Official guidelines state that an itchy, blotchy rash is the main symptom of chickenpox and it can appear anywhere on the body.

The disease proceeds in three stages, the first of which is the appearance of small spots that spread or remain in a small area.

The patches then turn into blisters that are very itchy and can then burst.

Then, in the third and final stage, the blisters become crusts, with some being scaly and others leaking fluid.

Other symptoms that can appear both before and after the rash appears are high temperature, pain and general malaise and loss of appetite.

While it’s more common in children, adults can also get chickenpox, and children are likely to feel miserable — even if they only have a few pimples.

TREAT IT

To treat chickenpox, Dr. Raj the following remedies:

  • Stay hydrated (jelly & popsicles are great for this)
  • Paracetamol for pain/fever (Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin unless recommended by doctor)
  • Use anti-itch medication/cream (e.g. Eurax, Poxclin, antihistamines – avoid calamine lotion as it is drying!)
  • Try oatmeal in a cold water bath (pat skin dry afterwards)
  • Use cool, wet washcloths/cooling gels on skin
  • Cut nails/use mittens to avoid scratching
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“Get medical advice if your child is worse, is less than three months old or you are pregnant.

“Chickenpox vaccine is currently not routine in the UK and is only available privately,” he added.

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