What your pediatrician in Oak Lawn wants you to know
Chickenpox is an annoying, severely itchy skin condition that can affect people of any age, but is most common in children. There are ways to know if your child has chickenpox. Dr. Ayman Rawda at Pediatrics on Demand in Oak Lawn, IL, wants to share the signs and symptoms of chicken pox, and how you can help your child.
Chickenpox is caused by a virus which can be spread through the air by coughing, and through touch or by sharing food. The virus can also spread if your child scratches the rash and then touches other areas. It can also spread from children to their parents if the parents have not had chickenpox or if they have not been vaccinated.
So, how do you know if your child has chickenpox? The most common signs and symptoms are a rash of small, red, fluid-filled blisters accompanied by:
- A fever
- Severe itching
- Fatigue or headache
- Loss of appetite or stomach ache
The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get vaccinated. Vaccination for chicken pox is safe and effective. If your child gets chicken pox, it’s important to:
- Keep your child away from others as much as possible
- Have your child rest and drink plenty of fluids
- Have your child soak in a cool bath
Your pediatrician may also suggest over-the-counter oral or topical antihistamine medication to reduce itching, and Tylenol to reduce fever. It’s important to consult with your child’s pediatrician before giving out any medications.
Chickenpox blisters will usually crust over in about 10 days, but you should bring your child in to visit the pediatrician if your child experiences:
- Dizziness or tremors
- The rash spreading to the eye area
- Rapid heartbeat or shortness of breath
- Vomiting or a fever over 102 degrees
For more detailed information about chickenpox, please visit the Chickenpox page on the website at http://www.pedsondemand.com/chickenpox.html
You can help your child get relief from the signs and symptoms of chickenpox. Call Dr. Rawda at Pediatrics on Demand in Oak Lawn, IL, today and help your child feel better!