Once you noticed that a pimple appeared on the body of a child, which quickly turned into a rash all over the body: it’s good that there are known symptoms of chickenpox in children. As you already understood, the specks on the arms, legs, back and stomach are the first of them. But do not be afraid. If the baby is properly looked after, he will recover quickly and without consequences.
First you need to learn to recognize the first sign - a rash, which is typical for this disease. At first, these are pink pimples the size of a grain of millet or a pea, but very quickly a small vial forms in its center, filled with transparent contents. The number of rashes increases dramatically from one to many in a few hours. The first 3-4 days of chickenpox in children are accompanied by a very strong rash not only on the skin, but on the mucous membranes - eyes, genitals, mouth.
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In parallel with the "pink specks", the temperature can sharply rise to 39 - 39.5 degrees, but it does not appear at all.There are signs of general indisposition: chills, headache, the appetite disappears in the baby. Most often, the rash appears on the 11-13 day after contact with sick chickenpox. If three weeks after this characteristic acne is not, then most likely, the infection was a party.
Outdoors, outside the body, chickenpox can "live" no more than 10 minutes
The incubation period of chickenpox lasts from 7 to 21 days. Virus isolation ceases after the last elements of the rash have dried. Patients become contagious 20-24 hours before the rash appears and remain up to 5 days from the moment of the last pimple's registration. Complications with chickenpox are rare.
The varicella-zoster virus is unstable in the external environment - it quickly dies when exposed to sunlight, heat, and ultraviolet radiation. Outside the body, in the open air, its survival is about 10 minutes.
The symptoms of chickenpox in children are not as acute as in adults. It is believed that the most common disease occurs in children from six months to 7 years, but the disease catches up with people under 30 years of age. At older age, chicken pox is much more difficult to tolerate, and, accordingly, the symptoms of “putting them to bed” faster than babies. By the way, high temperature overtakes more adults than children.
It is enough for babies during the illness to stay in bed, use a lot of water and not contact people who have not yet suffered chickenpox. There is no specific treatment for it and it often passes without complications.
It is important to remember that it is impossible to wet the rash, just like combing (there is a risk of infection). Calm and healthy sleep for three weeks - and terrible for many, chickenpox will pass for you and the child almost painlessly.