Chicken Pox on children
Causes, Signs, Symptoms
This is one of the most contagious diseases. It is caused by a virus. Exposure to someone who has it will almost result in the exposed child's coming down with it. Before the rashes erupt, the child may act mildly ill with a low-grade temperature. Within several hours, a delicate fluid-filled blister develops. Within 24 hours, the blisters collapse and scrub over. New crops erupt on a 3-to 4-day period, spreading to the face and scalp, tending to spare arms and legs. Mouth, throat, and white of the eye are sometimes affected. Scabs may last one to two weeks. Incubation period is 14 to 16 days. A child is not contagious during the incubation period. A child is contagious for about 24 hours prior to the appearance of the rash. Contagiousness lasts until all spots have firmly scabbed.
1. If there Is fever, aspirin may be given to the child to lower the temperature.
2. Major complaint is itching and the advice is not to scratch. Calamine lotions relieve itching.
3. Bathing while with chicken pox is all right. Cleansing of the skin relieves itching.
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