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Chickenpox! What should I do?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

Your child is sick. He has chickenpox. Would you be able to treat him? Here are some tips to help you.

Here are some tips to help you.

• Trim his/her nails.

• Choose light clothing, preferably cotton, for your child.

• Wash your own hands to reduce the risk of contamination.

• Teach your child to cough in the crease of the elbow to limit the risk of aerial contamination.

• Give your child baths with baking soda or oatmeal based powder.

• Maintain body temperature below 38 C/100 F.

• Give acetaminophen to relieve fever.

• Never use acetylsalicylic acid or ibuprofen to relieve fever or pain.

• Apply cold compresses or ice cubes on the most pruritic lesions.

• Apply astringent solutions to relieve pruritus (Burosol aluminum acetate).

• Quickly immunize unreached and unimmunized contacts to limit contamination.


Note that the period of contamination of varicella (chickenpox) begins two days before

lesions occur and ends on the day of the disappearance of all crusts (seven to ten days).

Reference: Amy Has a Rash (Chickenpox)/Felix and Booboo picture book.



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