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13/05/2013 at 14:30
Isobelle doesn't seem to have it very badly & I really want to do all I can to get her spots scabbed over by Thursday so I can take her to nursery as usual (as the alternative is having the inlaws staying for 3 nights to look after her on Thursday & Friday!!). I've been googling different methods to help soothe & dry out the spots & have read about baths with oats or bicarb of soda. She's got eczema but it's not very bad at the moment, are either of these worth a go? I usually only bathe her twice a week but I've read it helps to do it up to twice a day. Any experience of chicken pox & eczema? Thanks
13/05/2013 at 14:59
I think the oat thing is good for ezcema suffers also Blackkat but I'm not sure you can encourage the spots to scab over? It's just a virus and will last as long as it lasts. I think the oats is to help soothe the itching (hence being good for ezcema)
Please don't send her to nursery on Thursday if she's not clear of CP. Please.
13/05/2013 at 15:23
At my daughter's nursery, she could go back a certain number of days after the first spot appeared, rather than when they were scabbed over. I don't think you can 'rush things along' - you just have to ride it out. I think it was 7 days from the first spot but I can't remember. It's worth checking with yours to see what their policy is.
13/05/2013 at 16:05
Another thing to think about is scarring. We used aqueous calamine cream which was great at stabbing the spots but it seemed to dry them out too much and the sabs seemed to come off too early. J has some very bad scars on his face. He has excema but I never put his usual oilatum on. I really wished we had as I don't think he would have scarred so badly
13/05/2013 at 16:21
E gets some ezcema, although not a lot, and we bathed her in oilatum and bicarb of soda to help with the itching. I don't think it made them scab over quicker though.
13/05/2013 at 16:26
I don't think there is anything you can do to make them scab over any quicker, I had only heard of the things you mentioned as being for relieving the itching and discomfort.
13/05/2013 at 16:38
We used the gel that was recommended on here and it worked a treat at reliveing them but keeping them moisturised also.
13/05/2013 at 16:44
I must've got the wrong end of the stick. She doesn't seem to be itching but it's probably still worth giving her a bath so I can get the calamine lotion off before re-applying more. & don't worry Belle, I won't sent her if she's not over it. I spoke to the nursery this morning & they've explained their policy to me so will just have to wait to see how she is by Wednesday & if they've all scabbed over by then. Luckily she seems to have a mild strain of it & doesn't seem bothered by the spots at all but I guess that might change.
13/05/2013 at 18:02
I'd try the poxclin I recommended on your original post. S seemed to scab over much more quickly than C who I didn't use it with. She does still have some scabs 3 weeks later though. Calamine only temporarily sooths, and doesn't help to prevent scaring. You'll just have to ride it out I'm afraid. My eldest had it mild and had fully scabbed over after about a week. The problem is new spots can appear days after the 1st, so when the 1st have scabbed over you can have more appearing. I know how frustrating it is as I had to keep C off nursery and you really wouldn't have known she had it. In fact, it was only when S got it that it confirmed it was the pox that C had.
13/05/2013 at 19:14
Thanks again LWO, they didn't have the poxclin in my nearest pharmacy but I think I'll get my H to pick some up on his way home from work as a few of you recommended it. Will just have to see what happens I guess!
13/05/2013 at 21:19
We got ours from Boots. I even recommended it to the nurse at our Drs who had never heard of it!
14/05/2013 at 11:05
Thanks LWO. I've giving her a combination of everything now. I give her a oat bath in the morning & a bicarb bath in the evening & covering her in the moose during the day but putting daps of calomine on her face. Fingers crossed it all helps
14/05/2013 at 11:42
Apart from the calamine on the face, that's what we did and she did recover very quickly. x
14/05/2013 at 12:15
I find the ones on her head the hardest to get to. This morning I just covered it with the moose, hopefully it'll work
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