Chickenpox or a Varicella zoster infection.

Chickenpox is a childhood disease with spots, blisters and scabs all over the body. Almost everyone gets chickenpox at some point as a child, usually in winter or early spring. But this is not necessary.

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Chickenpox is very contagious, the chickenpox virus is transmitted through droplets in the air when coughing and talking. The virus can also be transmitted through contact with the fluid from the blisters. After infection, it takes a maximum of 3 weeks for the spots to appear. The disease is contagious to others from 2 days before the spots become visible, until the blisters have dried. This takes about 10 days.

Advice for a child with chickenpox
Keep your child's nails clean and short. And make sure your child does not scratch themselves, scratching makes itching worse and can cause infections and small scars.
Your child can take a bath or shower if he or she has chickenpox.
For painful blisters in the mouth, an ice cream or cold drink can temporarily relieve the pain.

Medicines for chickenpox in children
There are no medications that help against chickenpox. Also no medications that make it go away faster.

You can, however, on the spots ( not on wounds):

1. A cooling liquid (lotio alba, which is a zinc lotion) or
2. cooling menthol gel or
3. Apply carbomer water gel
This reduces itching and causes the blisters to dry more quickly.

Please note: menthol gel should not be used on children under the age of 2. If they inhale this it can be dangerous.

If your child has a fever you can give paracetamol.
Please note: do not give ibuprofen for chickenpox. This can sometimes cause serious skin problems.