If your child has any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your pediatrician so that, through a physical examination and laboratory tests, they confirm the diagnosis.
Your doctor will prescribe the necessary medications to control symptoms, including painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and others to reduce itching.
They will also give you a series of recommendations to reduce itching and general discomfort, including:
- Try to avoid scratching.
- To prevent skin infections, trim your nails and monitor their hygiene.
- Put gloves on before sleeping to avoid injuring the skin if scratching.
- Dress in cool, soft cotton clothing.
- Bathe in lukewarm water using a mild oatmeal soap.
- Keep your skin hydrated with hypoallergenic lotions.
As it is a virus, antibiotics are not used, unless skin infections occur from scratching too much.
If your doctor identifies that your child is at risk of a complication due to its health or other factors, they will likely prescribe additional antiviral medication.
Remember that if your child has chickenpox, they should not be in contact with other children or unvaccinated adults until all the blisters are completely dry.
In general, this condition is overcome in one or two weeks without major problems. There is no cure, but the vaccine can prevent it completely or make your outbreak milder.
It is suggested that children receive the vaccine as follows:
- Initial dose: between 10 and 12 months.
- Reinforcement: between five and six years.
Children over 13 years old who have not had chickenpox and are not vaccinated should receive both doses of the vaccine within 28 days.
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We have two pediatric intensive care units attended by experts in the management of critically ill pediatric patients and equipped with cutting-edge technology to offer the best treatment options.
Our subspecialists in pediatric emergencies are always ready to provide specialized care when you need it most.
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