Chickenpox is a highly contagious but very common illness that affects most children. The symptoms of chickenpox are itchy blisters that can be far too tempting for your little one to scratch at. We’ve searched the net to find the best home remedies to help relieve itching and prevent scratching.
- Help reduce itching by sprinkling finely ground oatmeal into a bath and allow them to soak for 15-20 minutes.
- Cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf and apply the gel directly to chickenpox, let it absorb and dry completely. Apply regularly.
Gloves at night
- To stop your child from scratching in their sleep.
- Stir half a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Use a soft washcloth to put the solution on the affected parts of the body and allow it to dry. Alternatively, mix one-half or one cup of baking soda in your bath water and soak in it.
- Spread honey over the affected area two to three times a day to help provide relief from itchiness and help heal the blisters caused by chickenpox.
- Leave on for 15 to 30 mins before rinsing not soaping away.
- Add half a cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathwater, and soak.
- Crush a handful of neem leaves into a paste and apply to the affected area. Alternatively, add some leaves to a bath.
Carrots and Coriander
- Bring a pot of water to the boil and add coriander leaves (1 ½ cups) and chopped carrots (1 cup). Reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes, then strain. Eat once a day for one month for better and faster results. Or, you can eat boiled carrots with coriander leaves. (Yum!)
- Add two cups of Epsom Salts to warm bathwater, mix well until all dissolved. Soak in the water for 15 minutes every day until healed.
- Cut some ginger into small pieces, add to a bathtub of hot water. Let the water cool to a comfortable temperature and soak for thirty minutes.
- Use a finger to apply a pea-sized drop of aloe vera gel on each of the blisters.
Zinc & Calendula Cream
- Use a calendula and zinc-based cream two to three times a day to help soothe the spots whilst they are itchy.
Increase Vitamin D, zinc and berry intake
- Increase Vitamin D, zinc and berry intake as these are thought to help inactivate the virus – think mixed berries (in smoothies, compotes or fresh) as well as seeds, nuts, dairy, fish & seafood – consider topping up with Vitamin D, zinc and elderberry-based food supplements.
Please DO NOT give Ibuprofen to children with chickenpox, it will make them very ill!