How to Prevent Chickenpox in Babies?
Windowofworld.com – Can chickenpox in babies be overcome? Chickenpox is a contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This disease affects many children. However, this condition began to rarely occur with the emergence of the chickenpox vaccine in 1995. However, smallpox is still possible.
Babies cannot receive the vaccine until they are at least 12 months old. Babies can get chickenpox if they are exposed to the disease from other sufferers. Babies can also get smallpox because of contracting the mother. Babies who get chickenpox after birth (not while still in the mother’s womb), can develop serious conditions.
Symptoms of Chickenpox in Babies
Here are the early symptoms of chickenpox in babies that you need to be aware of:
- Fever with a temperature of around 38.3-38.9 degrees Celsius
- It’s hard to eat
- Tiring easily
- Sleep longer than usual
Symptoms of chickenpox in these babies usually occur 1-2 days before the chickenpox rash appears. This red rash is itchy and often appears on the body, stomach, scalp, or face. A generalized rash appears following the others.
The rash can be mild or severe. This occurs for two to four days, then the rash finally erupts all over the body. This chickenpox rash has several stages, starting with small red bumps. Over the course of a few days the bumps will blister and fill with water.
When the blisters break, they will resemble open sores. The blisters then began to dry up. Chickenpox in babies can last up to 5 to 10 days. Chicken pox is very contagious. The disease is spread by direct contact with someone who is suffering from sores, saliva, or mucus. It can also be spread through the air if someone is suffering from coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms of chickenpox can start to occur anywhere from 10-21 days after exposure. A person transmits the disease when the rash has not yet appeared on the surface of the skin. Smallpox will remain contagious, even until the blisters dry up. This may take about 5 days or longer. If your baby has smallpox, do not take him to crowded places, such as child care or other areas, for 7-10 days.
When to Call the Doctor?
If your baby is suspected of having chickenpox, then contact the doctor immediately. Also make sure you tell the doctor if your baby has any of the symptoms below as these symptoms can indicate a complication;
- Fever up to 38.9 degrees Celsius
- A rash on one eye or both
- The rash feels warm to the touch
- Extreme drowsiness
- The neck feels stiff
- Throw up
- Fast heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle tremor
Because the cause of chickenpox is a virus, it is difficult to treat with antibiotics. However, if a bacterial infection occurs around the blister, your doctor can prescribe antibiotics to help clear it up.
Preventing Chicken Pox in Babies
You can prevent a bacterial infection from developing by keeping your baby’s hands and nails neatly trimmed and not scratching. Make sure not to rub their skin in the shower. Just pat and dry, to reduce irritation to the rash. You can also do this to keep children comfortable.
- Use calamine lotion to reduce itching
- Let the baby rest a lot
- Keep your baby well hydrated