Chickenpox and other childhood illnesses

As common as chickenpox and other viruses are in children, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to treat them. Here's all you need to know about chickenpox and other childhood illnesses


Chickenpox and your baby

The viral infection, known as chickenpox, because of the small red spots can be uncomfortable and distressing for your baby, as the itchiness and irritability can cause your baby to become upset. Treating her with calamine lotion will soothe the chickenpox spots and giving her paracetamol for high temperatures associated with the virus can help, although this symptom is usually mild.

Nappy rash and eczema are common in babies – and very easily treated

Your baby’s rashes and spots

As well as chickenpox, your baby may also be susceptible to other kinds of rashes or spots. Eczema and nappy rash are both common in babies, and can be irritable, causing your little one discomfort. These types of rash can be easily soothed by prescribed creams or ointments from your doctor.

Childhood illnesses such as chickenpox and measles are common in toddlers

Your toddler’s rashes and spots

Measles and chickenpox are very common in toddlers, and it can be difficult trying to stop them scratching their spots. There’s also the risk of your child developing rashes, such as heat rash, and these can be easily treated if you go to your pharmacy or GP.

Your little ones can be prone to catching illnesses and bugs at nursery

Nursery illnesses 

Once your child starts nursery or pre-school, it is very likely that they will begin to come down with common childhood illnesses, such as chickenpox, tummy bugs or conjunctivitis. They are also prone to other types of contagious conditions, such as head lice. Many youngsters catch different types of illnesses as the interact, mix and play with other children – but remember, once they’ve had viruses such as chickenpox, it is very unlikely that they will suffer from them again.

Heat rash is common in babies

Heat Rash

Heat rash is also known as ‘prickly heat‘ and occurs when the body overheats. It is most common in babies, although children of all ages can be affected. Heat rash isn’t usually painful, but can be itchy and tender to touch.Our heat rash page will give you information on symptoms, causes and ways to treat your little one.

Measles can be highly infectious if not vaccinated against


Measles is a very infectious disease, and although anyone can catch it if they haven’t been vaccinated, it is most common in children aged between 1 and 4 years old. Find out more about the symptoms, treatment and complications of having measles

Conjucntivitis can make you little ones eyes sore


Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the eye, which can cause them to turn red, sticky, watery or itchy. It’s very common, especially in babies, small children and the elderly and doesn’t usually cause any lasting complications, although newborn babies can be at a higher risk of infection. There are three types of conjuctivitis – irritant, allergic or infective.

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