Chicken Pox – Home Help
Whether your baby is small or an older child – CHICKEN POX makes every parent start that panic of ‘What do I do now?”
Well, time to take a breath and know that no matter how severely they react there are some simple things you can do that will really make them FEEL BETTER! So grab a cuppa, take a moment and have a read of a couple of top tips that you can help with any child, even from newborn.
Do not Worry
Firstly, do not rush to the shops as granny told you that Calamine Lotion is, the ‘thing’. This simply dries out the skin and makes those nasty little spots dry and extra itchy. You can use Aqueous Calamine, this is the same calamine but put into a different base (feels similar to sudocrem). This stops the skin drying out, though it is difficult to put on and get off so only use it on those really big spots!
Secondly, get those old stained muslins ready! Why – you are going to make your very own home remedy! Our Oat Soak Recipe
Oat Soak Recipe
This is so simple, costs peanuts and is good for all babies, children and adults! It’s super easy to make and will ease those horrid symptoms of itchy, hot skin.
You will need:
- 1 x muslin (or jam muslin if you have it)
- Oats (nothing fancy, just the local supermarket ones are fine)
- Dried lavender
- Chamomile Tea Bags (again just shop brand will do)
- Ribbon, string or something to tie
Now, in a big bowl pour a good portion of the oats, add a large handful of the lavender, then cut up about 4 tea bags and empty the contents into the bowl. Give it a good mix with your hands or a wooden spoon. Now cut your muslin so they are in squares, big enough to put a large handful of your mixture into. Tie up securely with either string or some ribbon. (Any gaps and the mixture will spill out).
Now you need to pop this into a luke warm bath. This is a super little bag of delights! Not only will it turn all milky but the oats make the skin silky smooth and ease the itching.
The lavender and chamomile are both anti-septic and anti-inflammatory so work to calm the skin’s heat and itchiness. They are all edible so you do not have to worry if your baby starts drinking the water. There are no sulphates to irritate the eyes and increase the itching.
Staying at Home
So a couple of really easy ‘top tips’ to help you cope with this awful virus when it hits your family. Remember, some are affected worse than others so if you are worried then please do consult your doctor. This advice is not in any way a replacement of proper medical care, just some tips that have helped as a mum! You will be stuck at home for at least 10 days but try and make the most of the time with your little one.
Hoping that your little one recovers quickly and that you survive the quarantine!!
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