Some things are just certain in a parent’s life. Sleepless nights, worrying about 101 things and chickenpox. Well guess who knocked on our door just before the end of 2017…. Mr Chickenpox!
It all started with some seasonal colds and flu. It already felt like there wasn’t going to be an end of all this misery. Even Chris had a flu so bad we decided not to spend the holidays with our family and friends and stayed home.
And then they were just there. These little bumps and blisters. The blisters were filled with fluid. Both Ryan and Cenzo were affected but Ryan suffered most.
Ryan’s skin was the most itchy and he had most of the bumps. One night he suffered from itchy sensations so much that he woke up crying and calling for us. It was hard to see because Ryan sleeps so well normally. Even fireworks don’t wake him up. Luckily he slept like a baby the other nights.
Both my boys didn’t feel ill or have a fever. They only wanted to be with their mom even more then normal.
Dr. Leenarts Cooling lotion
Cenzo has a sensitive skin so I used Dr. Leenarts sunscreen this summer and was really satisfied with the quality of it. So when chickenpox arrived I asked Chris to get the cooling lotion that Dr. Leenarts has created for this disease. Ryan was really hesitant of using this on his skin. Afraid that it will hurt. The lotion comes with a little stick to tag the little bumps. It has some cooling ingredients as well as some talc. The talc dries out the watery blisters a bit faster. Therefore the skin can heal a it faster.
I put the lotion in the fridge so it was even a bit cooler. Cenzo had a few bumps so we didn’t have to use it many times. Ryan suffered a bit more and didn’t like the process but it helped a bit I guess. I cannot compare of course but I really liked the fact that I didn’t have to touch it with my hands. It also doesn’t contain any unnecessary ingredients which is also a pro considering the skin is already suffering enough.
General tips and tricks
I used these tips to handle the chickenpox. I washed my kids with lukewarm water. Made sure their nails were short so they couldn’t scratch the infected skin. I also gave my kids baths with an oatmeal bath product that is easily available in drug stores. I gave Ryan a popsicle to deafen the blister in his mouth a bit. He would only want to eat bland foods as any other product hurt his mouth a bit.
Chickenpox and pregnancy are not a problem as long as the mother already suffered from chickenpox before. Otherwise visit a doctor. Babies under the age of one suffering from chickenpox are likely to get it one more time because of the mother’s immunity which is passed on through the placenta and breast milk.