Chicken Pox in Babies

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Chicken pox is unusual in babies under 1 year old because most receive antibodies against the virus from their mother. When it does occur in infants, it's typically mild and clears up in five to 10 days.

Symptoms

  • Chicken pox appears in the form of an itchy rash of small red bumps that turn into clear blisters before crusting over. Your baby may also be tired, have a low fever, and show a decreased appetite.

Complications

  • Complications from chicken pox are rare in healthy babies but possible. Call the doctor if your infant develops a fever after a few days, if the rash spreads to his eyes, or if he simply seems sicker than you'd expect.

Treatment

  • Relieve the baby's itching with a cool bath made with colloidal oatmeal or baking soda and apply calamine lotion to itchy spots. Prevent her from scratching by keeping her nails short.

Prevention

  • Chicken pox is highly contagious, so keep your healthy infant away from others who are ill and prevent the spread of the virus by keeping a sick baby home until she recovers.

Vaccine

  • A chicken pox vaccine is available but is not recommended for children under the age of 1.

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