3. Prevent Children from Scratching
The rash or spots of chickenpox can cause itching, so your child will often scratch certain parts of the skin.
In fact, there is a risk of complications due to constantly scratching the skin affected by chickenpox, namely impetigo, a skin infection by bacteria. Therefore, stopping the habit of scratching is the first step to chicken pox treatment. You can do this through the following methods:
- Regularly trim your child’s nails to keep them short.
- Make sure your child always washes their hands with soap regularly to avoid germs that may infect their skin.
- Do not let your child scratch and scrape the smallpox nodules, especially on the face.
- At night, have your child wear gloves, long clothes, or socks that cover the skin affected by chickenpox.
- Children need to wear loose and soft clothes so their skin can breathe and not be scratched easily.
4. Relieve the Itching
Cold water acts as a compress that relieves itching and redness caused by chickenpox. Encourage your child to soak in cold water for at least 10 minutes every four hours for the first few days.
Bathing is safe as a chicken pox treatment. Chickenpox is only transmitted through the air, not water.
To prevent the chickenpox spots from breaking, do not rub with a towel when drying. Gently pat the body instead.
After bathing, you can apply cold powder or lotion (calamine) to relieve itching.
If the child complains of itching that is so severe that it interferes with sleep, give an over-the-counter oral antihistamine drug from the pharmacy.
5. Pay Attention to Food Intake
A high body temperature, pain, and discomfort will also make it difficult for children to eat. And if chickenpox spots also appear in the mouth and throat, your little one will have a hard time swallowing food.
As a chicken pox treatment for children, give them plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
If you have babies who are still actively breastfeeding, continue to breastfeed them regularly.
Avoid giving food that has a strong, salty, sour, or spicy taste because these can make the mouth feel sore. Soft, smooth, and cold foods (such as soups, fat-free ice cream, puddings, jelly, mashed potatoes, and porridge) may be the best choices when your child has chickenpox.
6. Give Your Child Sufficient Rest