Chickenpox, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is a contagious viral infection that primarily affects children. While it’s more common in older kids, infants can also contract chickenpox. Dealing with chickenpox in infants can be a concern for parents due to their delicate immune systems. In this blog, we will explore chickenpox in infants, including its symptoms, treatment options, and essential care guidelines.
Chickenpox in Infants: What You Need to Know
Chickenpox typically causes an itchy rash and flu-like symptoms. It spreads through direct contact with an infected person or through respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze. Infants are susceptible to chickenpox if they haven’t been vaccinated and haven’t already had the infection.
Ensure your baby drinks plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, especially if they have a fever.
Ask your pediatrician about using a soothing, fragrance-free lotion or cream to alleviate itching. Avoid using over-the-counter topical products without medical advice.
Encourage your baby to rest, as the virus can cause fatigue.
Keep your infant isolated from others, especially pregnant women, until the rash has crusted over, which usually takes about a week.
While the chickenpox vaccine is not administered to infants, it is recommended later in childhood to prevent future infections.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
In rare cases, chickenpox can lead to complications in infants. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following:
Dehydration (dry mouth, sunken eyes, or reduced urine output)
Severe rash or high fever
Dealing with chickenpox in infants requires careful attention and supportive care. While it can be distressing to see your baby uncomfortable, following these guidelines and consulting a pediatrician can help ensure a smoother recovery. Remember, most infants recover from chickenpox without complications, and with proper care, they will be back to their cheerful selves in no time.
Can babies under 1 get chickenpox?
However, it is very uncommon for newborn babies to catch chickenpox as babies will usually have temporary immunity passed onto them from their mother. If your newborn shows signs of chickenpox, you should get in contact with your GP as soon as possible so a doctor can assess them.
Is chickenpox serious in infants?
Chickenpox is usually a mild disease, but it can be serious in newborn babies, especially if they were born prematurely or have a compromised immune system. If you, as the mum, have had chickenpox at some time in your life, you’re immune to the disease and you’ll pass on some chickenpox antibodies to your baby.
How long does chicken pox last in infants?
Chickenpox is common and mostly affects children, but you can get it at any age. It usually gets better by itself after 1 to 2 weeks without needing to see a GP.
Do breastfed babies get chickenpox?
The chickenpox virus has not been found in breast milk of people with a chickenpox infection. Breast milk might contain antibodies that can help to protect your baby from getting chickenpox. However, because chickenpox is very contagious, talk to your child’s pediatrician right away if you come down with chickenpox.
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