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Chicken pox

Chicken pox used to be a common disease in children, but a few years ago, a vaccine was developed to prevent it. People usually only get chicken pox once. The effects of chicken pox are usually not that bad in kids. But if they get it when they are adults it can be very serious. You can help prevent chicken pox by taking your child to the doctor for his or her first birthday check-up to get vaccinated.

Symptoms of chicken pox:

  • Red, itchy bumps all over the body that will turn into blisters. The blisters break open and crust over.
  • Fever, nausea (feeling sick to their stomach), headache, or body aches.

If your child has chicken pox:

  • Try to keep him or her from scratching the sores. The sores can get infected, scarred, and become more painful. Clip your child's fingernails short, but do not cover the sores.
  • Keep your child away from anyone who has not had chicken pox or has had the vaccine.
  • For a fever or aches, give you child children's Panado or Tylenol.
  • Apply calamine lotion, use cool wet washcloths, or give oatmeal baths. Give your child a bath (or sponge bath) with lukewarm water once a day to keep his or her sores clean.

Take your child to the doctor if he or she:

  • Has a fever of more than 38.3°C for longer than 2 days or if he or she has a fever that goes above 38.8°C .
  • Has leukemia.
  • Has bruises and there doesn't seem to be any reason why.
  • Has a really bad headache, sleeps all the time, has trouble walking, or throws up even after the chicken pox starts getting better.
  • Shows signs of an infection—has a fever, red streaks or pus coming from a blister, swollen blisters, pain that gets worse, or blisters that become tender or sorer.
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