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Chicken Pox: 3 Ways to Calm the Itch

Chicken pox only last a couple of weeks but the itch can be more than your child can handle. Soothe their pain with these full-proof home remedies.

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1. Keep Cool

If it’s winter, turn down the heat to the lowest comfortable temperature. In summer, turn on the air conditioning. Heat brings more blood to the skin, which only exacerbates the itch.

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2. Soak in Baking Soda

Soak your child in a tub of slightly cool water for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. Don’t use soap. Instead, add one-half cup of baking soda to a shallow bath or one full cup to a deep bath to provide extra relief. Colloidal oatmeal added to a bath also counteracts the itching.

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3. Have a Cool Washcloth Handy

Offer your child a cool, wet washcloth to press against his or her skin when they feel like scratching. Scratching can lead to infection and scarring. By using the washcloth, they’ll satisfy the scratching urge without doing any damage. For insurance against scratching, keep your child’s nails trimmed and out them to bed with cotton gloves on.