Health: How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)

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Coping with chickenpox is never easy but it’s especially difficult during the warmer months.  I remember Danny having chickenpox during a particularly hot summer, in fact we first noticed his pox spots while he cooled down in  his little paddling pool.  These are the tips that I discovered to help you and your little ones cope with chickenpox in the heat:

Diagnosing Chickenpox in the Heat- Is it Chicken Pox or a Heat Rash?

In hot weather parents and care givers can sometimes confuse a virus such as chickenpox with a heat rash.  Here’s how you can tell the difference:

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What does a heat rash look like?

 A heat rash appears as tiny little red bumps or blisters on the skin when your child is too hot.  They often sting or feel prickly.

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What does chickenpox look like?

Chickenpox causes crops of red spots which turn into small, fluid-filled, itchy blisters that break and then scab over.

About Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a viral infection that can spread quickly and easily between children.  The NHS point out that it’s more common between March to May so be extra vigilant during this time.

Chickenpox is often diagnosed once the spots appear and begin to blister.  However be aware that the most poorly part of the illness for your children actually comes before the spots.  You may notice that your child appears under the weather and then once the spots appear you realise why!

Symptoms of Chickenpox

In order to be prepared, these are the symptoms to look out for before the spots appear:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Feeling sick
  • A high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over
  • Aching muscles
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite

 

During a heatwave children often complain of a headache and loss of appetite due to being too hot  so if your child is experiencing these symptoms then look out for a rash appearing behind the ears, on the face, scalp, chest and belly and arms and legs.  If they don’t appear then your child may be suffering from heat stroke so treat accordingly.

 

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Treatment for Chickenpox in the Heat

 

There is no cure for chickenpox but treatments can help to relieve the symptoms.  There is no need to visit the GP if you can treat the child at home.  Children do need to be kept off school and in quarantine until all the spots are crusted over and no longer contagious.

 

Plenty of Fluids

 

If your child has has had a loss of appetite or a fever then they will be losing fluids so give them plenty of water to replace the lost fluid.

Avoid the Sun

It’s best to avoid the sun during a chicken pox infection and soon after because the skin is more prone to bring burned.  Sun exposure can increase the risk of scarring.  Heat and sweating will also make the pox itch more so if you do take your child outside put them in a shaded area.

Keep the Cool

Sponge your child with cold water to keep them cool.  Some children like to sit in a cool paddling pool in the shade- put lots of fun toys in to keep their mind of the spots!

Alternatively playing with toys in a bowl of cool water can lower the body temperature and help children feel more comfortable too.

Homemade ice lollies and ice cubes are refreshing on a warm day.

 

Painkillers

 

If your child has a fever, you can give them some infant paracetamol (see pack for correct dosage).  If their fever is above 39℃ seek medical advice.

 

Prevent Itching and Scratching

 

Chickenpox is itchy but it’s important not to scratch as it can cause infection and scaring.  Here are some ways to avoid this happening:

  • Keep nails short and clean
  • Pat the skin instead of scratching
  • Wear cotton gloves or scratch mitts
  • Bathe in lukewarm or cool water (some children find oatmeal baths soothing)
  • Wear loose, smooth cotton clothing
  • Use smooth cotton sheets
  • Distract kids with games, puzzles, kids TV
  • Ask your pharmacist to prescribe a drowsy antihistamine
  • Use a cooling gel or spray (such as ViraSoothe) to soothe the skin

Care ViraSoothe Cooling Gel is clinically proven to help relieve the irritating symptoms of chickenpox by cooling the skin and relieving itching.  It’s available to buy at Boots and other chemists.

 

Watch this video by Dr Sarah Jarvis for more tips:

 

 

Have any of your children had chickenpox during a heatwave?  What are your tips to keep them calm and cool?

 

Find out more information about chickenpox and how to manage it on the Care ViraSoothe Online Hub.

 

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21 Comments

  1. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Angela Treadway
    July 2, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    oat baths helped my little one a lot when he had chicken pox x

  2. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Maria blythin
    July 3, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    plenty of calamine lotion and a cotton vest x

  3. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Hayley Colburn
    July 4, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    calamine lotion and letting the spots breathe a bit, not easy if the little one is self concious about them but I was lucky with my older 2, just the littlest one to get them now

  4. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Tee Simpson
    July 8, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    My daughter has them at the moment. We have been giving cool baths and piriton.

  5. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Samantha O'D
    July 14, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Cool baths and just underwear and sheets to sleep in

  6. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Rachael Sexey
    July 15, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Put calamine lotion in the fridge

  7. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    JULIE WARD
    July 15, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    Never had to deal with it before, my mum used calamine lotion on us

  8. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Christina Palmer
    July 16, 2018 / 6:53 am

    Cool baths and portion. Calamine lotion.

  9. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Rachel Butterworth
    July 18, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Lots of cool oatmeal baths.

  10. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Jodie Hailstone
    July 25, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Keeping cool and calamine lotion

  11. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Rebecca Whatmore (@0zzyhog)
    July 25, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Lots of cool baths and loads of lotion

  12. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Laura Pritchard
    July 25, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Filling a hot water bottle & placing it in the freezer – kids can cuddle it in bed at night to stop them getting hot and itchier!

    • chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
      Claire Evans
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Ooh good idea xxx

  13. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Laura Norcop
    July 26, 2018 / 10:27 am

    I’ve not had to manage it yet but I’m finding a little fan that I have which sprays a fine mist of water and that I can attach to my pram is really helping keep my little one cool. Have to stay conscious that the water mist will bring sun cream off though and reapply before bringing her out of her pram into the sun x

    • chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
      Claire Evans
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Ooh, that sounds refreshing xxx

  14. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    betsy ferguson
    July 26, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    All of the usual suspects like fluids, calamine lotion, cool baths. But, distraction helps – try to take their minds from it, with gentle activities like reading together, watch a movie ect xx

    • chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
      Claire Evans
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Yes, I think distraction is a great parenting tool for lots of situations! xxx

  15. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    Natalie Crossan
    July 26, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    I’d recommend an allergy medicine, that helped my daughter a lot with the scratching x

    • chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
      Claire Evans
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Good idea xxx

  16. chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
    A S,Edinburgh
    August 2, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Very good and important advice, thank you. I didn’t realise it was more common at that time of year; I’m sure that increases the chance of confusion, especially in children who are sensitive to heat.

    • chickenpox in heat, Health:  How to Cope with Chickenpox in a Heatwave (Plus a Chance to Win a ViraSoothe Goodybag)
      Claire Evans
      Author
      August 5, 2018 / 11:16 am

      Yes, typical isn’t it? Not nice having a rash in the heat x

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