Yesterday I updated you on the treatments I was trying to ease the symptoms of my child’s, quite mild, chickenpox. After 2 nights of limited sleep due to sharing a bed with a spotty 4 year old, I decided to try something new. Henry has started to complain about feeling itchy, although so far he hasn’t scratched much. I can see that it would make sleeping difficult though, so I wanted to try something else.
I tried a bicarbonate of soda bath this morning and I’m not sure if it had an effect, but it didn’t cause any problems either. I was worried that with easy access to his spots, Henry would be tempted to scratch, but he didn’t. He said he still felt itchy though.
I bought some Boots own brand antihistamine liquid and some Eurax cream. I gave him a dose of the anti-histamine before lunch and he complained about the taste, but he didn’t seem troubled by itchiness this afternoon. However, he refused to swallow most of this evening’s dose because of the taste. I tried it and it didn’t seem that bad, but it isn’t as nice as Calpol I suppose. Has anyone found an anti-histamine liquid that kids like?
He’s only had chickenpox a few days and most of his spots seem to have dried or crusted over. Does this mean he is in the clear as far as being infectious?
I’m giving the Eurax cream a go at bedtime and I’ll let you know how that goes tomorrow.
Read more about our chickpox story.