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Chickenpox

Now routinely vaccinated against, chickenpox is a virus that used to be almost unavoidably contracted during childhood. Usually mild in severity, this highly contagious condition causes a lot of discomfort and can sometimes present with complications, so immunization is recommended.
Symptoms
Impatience
Impulsiveness
Marked talkativeness
Frequent fidgeting
Difficulty controlling emotions
Interrupts constantly
Easily distracted
Can’t follow instructions
Does not complete tasks
Forgetful & loses focus
Runny nose
Cough
Watery eyes
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Headache
Stomach – Upset tummy
Vomiting
Wheezing
Swelling of the throat
Anaphylactic shock
Frequent coughing
Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
Tightness of the chest
Shortness of breath
Sleep problems due to difficulty breathing
Delayed recovery following a respiratory infection
Avoidance of exercise
Runny nose
Sneezing
Fever
Cough
Wheezing
Laboured breathing
Noticeable rising of chest
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Raised bumps that become small fluid-filled blisters
Headache
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever
Irritability and discomfort
Treatments
In most cases, medical treatment is unnecessary Antiviral drugs are given to those in high-risk groups Always avoid aspirin during a viral infection Paediatric medication for fever
Remedies
Luke-warm bath water Add brown vinegar to the bath Sponge down with a baking soda solution Lavender and chamomile to soothe rash Calamine lotion Apply cool wet towels to rash Dab diluted cider vinegar on spots Well-ventilated room Avoid direct light Soft, bland diet
Risk
1-2
1 – Can be treated at home
2 – Medical attention is necessary
3 – Urgent medical assistance is necessary
Disclaimer:
As always, take your newborn, baby, toddler or older child to your doctor if symptoms are severe or worrying. Our guide is just that, a guide, and does NOT replace medical supervision.

 

 

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