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The contagion and complications of chickenpox


The eye of the news seems to be that it only sees the flu as the disease that offers more risks to our children. Many times we get carried away only by what the news and newspapers say, and we forget about the other ailments that can also affect our little ones. I mean, for example, chickenpox.

I remember very well that when my daughter started to go to daycare, at 18 months, the first thing she caught was chickenpox, a very common disease among children under ten years of age. Its contagion is very fast, and it is usually more effective in the incubation stage.

First, my daughter got a small pimple behind one ear. His doctor told us that it could be the beginning of chickenpox, so we should watch for other pimples in other parts of his body. Indeed, on the second day that the first came out, rashes began to appear all over the place, on her legs, on her buttocks, belly, neck, ... and even on her pretty face. It is impressive at first, but after a week, everything is back to normal.

Chickenpox is a benign disease and is not life-threatening in children. However, the symptoms caused by the varicella virus (varicella-zoster), are quite uncomfortable, not to say, frightening! The rashes are itchy and itchy in children and are usually accompanied by a fever.

To reduce the symptoms of chickenpox, it is best to:

1. Lower children's fever with cold water compresses on the forehead, or with warm baths.

2. Reduce itching with oatmeal baths or bean powders. If it doesn't work, ask the doctor for a special ointment or ointment to prevent the child from scratching and hurting himself more.

3. After bathing, dry the child's body thoroughly with a cotton towel, using very gentle circular motions, to prevent the eruptions from inflaming.

4. Avoid using 'miracle' creams or lotions.

5. Avoid feeding acidic foods to children. The rashes can also appear in the mouth, and hurt them. In these cases, it is best to eat cold food.

6. When the pimples begin to dry, the itching increases so the little one should be watched so that they do not hurt themselves by removing the scabs from the scars.

The rashes can come back, causing delays in healing. Also, they can leave stains. There is no better way to avoid chickenpox than with vaccination. The vaccine is usually free in outpatient clinics, consultations and hospitals. It is convenient to apply them to the little ones before the disease lodges in their organism.

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Video: Visualizing and modelling contagion: David Earn at TEDxMcMasterU (December 2021).