The symptoms that usually occur in your child who will get smallpox are mild flu, fever, headache, nausea, aches and pains, loss of appetite. A few days later, a smallpox rash will appear. Starting with small red spots that develop. Red spots will appear first on your child’s face. The spots will spread to the chest and stomach, and then to other parts of the body. Developmental spots may appear on the scalp, throat and around the genitals.
What you can do is take him to the doctor to determine the type of smallpox your child is experiencing. Chicken pox can be more dangerous and can cause complications in young children so consulting a doctor will help you in the treatment of chickenpox. Chickenpox is caused by a virus, so it won’t respond to antibiotics. It will go away on its own, but you can help relieve your baby’s symptoms with some home treatments.
Here are ways you can treat children with smallpox, especially those of you who care for them at home:
1. You can give your child paracetamol to lower the temperature and relieve aches and pains, as long as your child is more than two months old. You can ask about the dosage recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. For your child who is allergic to paracetamol, ibuprofen can be given of course with the appropriate dosage and age of the child. It is feared that the administration of ibuprofen at a young baby will interfere with their health.
2. Give your child plenty of fluids to prevent the child from becoming dehydrated. Giving breast milk to babies who are still breastfeeding is needed to maintain nutritional intake and immunity.
3. To soothe your baby’s itchy spots, you can use calamine lotion. If your child is more than one year old and the itching is bothersome at night, the doctor may prescribe the antihistamine chlorphenamine. It also has a calming effect which can help your child sleep easier.
4. Take care child’s nails You are to keep it short if he keeps scratching his itchy spots. This will help to prevent the spots from becoming infected.
5. Use loose clothing, cotton clothes are the right choice for your child to reduce itching and avoid sweating.
6. You can provide anti-septic soap for your child to use when taking a shower to reduce the itching
7. Immediately go back to the doctor if your child has a rash infected with germs, usually red, swollen and also has pus or your child has a very high fever, headache, vomiting and itching that doesn’t go away.