Chicken Pox In Babies

Chicken pox in babies can be frightening for the parents that are raising the child.  As a parent you may be concerned about your child’s wellbeing and the way that the chicken pox are going to effect them.  This article is going to examine some basic information related to this topic so you will be better prepared for this as a parent.  Taking the time to read this article may decrease some of your stress and help you deal with this issue more effectively.

The first thing to remember is that the chicken pox are not going to harm your baby to point that your child’s life is going to be in danger.  However, it is going to be an inconvenience to you and your child. He or she is most likely going to be uncomfortable but he or she will survive.  If your child is able to fight infections rather well and she or she has a good immune system they are going to be fine.  However, you do need to keep an eye on the situation.  If you notice that your child develops a fever you are going to want to call the doctor.  You are also going to want to do the same if the baby gets them in their eyes or you notice they are in the baby’s mouth.  You will also want to make the same call if the area around the chicken pox seems to be red, swollen and sore.

You may want to consider having your child vaccinated against chicken pox if you are concerned about your child getting them.  This is something that you are really going to want to consider if you have your child enrolled in preschool or a daycare where he or she is going to be around a lot of other children.  This can be give when the child is 12 to 15 months old and then again when he or she is a little older.  Your doctor is most likely going to talk to you about this shot and see if you are interested.  You can talk to him or her about any side effects that may occur if you are worried about this.

Chicken pox in babies are going to need to simply run their course.  However, there are a few things that you can do in order to help your child feel better.  You may want to give your child a cool bath every few hours.  You can also add baking soda to the water to help them feel better.  When the bath is over, you can always rub calamine lotion on the baby’s sores.  This can help reduce the itchy feeling that goes along with the chicken pox.  You can also talk to your doctor if they can give your baby something to help with the itching if you feel that the lotion and the cool baths are not helping.

Chicken pox in babies are going to be able to be spread to other small children.  The problem is that most children are contagious before the rash even appears and you may not even know it.  Once you notice the chicken pox you are going to need to keep your child away from other kids until it begins to clear up.  Your doctor will tell you when it will be safe for your child to return to daycare or preschool.   You are also going to want to notify people that your child has been around and let them know that your baby has chicken pox.  This is going to give them an opportunity to begin watching for chicken pox with their own children or other around them.