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Chickenpox

 

Chicken pox begins with slight headache with fever. Then spots appear on the chest or back which soon look like small blisters within a day or two.
These will keep appearing for 2 to 3 days and the older ones get scabbed over. The child may scratch some of the blisters as there is a lot of itching.
This is a mild disease, with no particular treatment except to keep the skin clean and use some soothening lotion for itching.
The itching can also be relieved by bathing the child with a small quantity of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) 2-3 times a day. Medications should only be given under medical advice.
As in the case of measles, there is no point keeping the other children in the family away, as they have been exposed to the disease already and it is just as well for them to get it over with.

 


 
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