Day 213: Chickenpox

Chances are that some time in your child’s growing up years, they are going to come home with chickenpox. If they do, don’t sweat it. Chickenpox is a very common childhood illness is usually not all that dangerous, just uncomfortable.

It is also something that most people could only catch once-in-a-lifetime. If the symptoms appear when a person is young, their much less severe than contracting chickenpox as adults, so in many ways it is best to get it out of the way at a younger age.

The problem is that it is quite uncomfortable for a while, and it might be a big temptation for your children to scratch off the little sores. You can put calamine or other kinds of lotion on the sores to ease the itching, because scratching of the source will only make them worse, and increase the time for healing.

If you scratch off a sore too early, you can also leave behind a permanent mark called a chickenpox scar that looks like a little indentation in the skin that does not go away. You could even resort to have your child wear gloves or mittens to keep from scratching the sores.

Unfortunately, chickenpox is also very contagious. While the children are exhibiting symptoms, try to keep them away from other children.

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