Chicken Pox – Remedies for a 1 year old
Junior FD started getting chicken pox a couple of days ago and has today started itching, so just before bed time we gave him some Piriton.
Now he is absolutely hyper as though we had given him speed. He is not in distress, but he isnt showing signs of going to sleep any time soon either.
Looks like we are going to have a fun night, but what do people recommend to make the itching more tolerable?
Obviously we are using Calpol and Nurofen.
ThanksPosted 6 years agopolyMember
Nobeerinthefridge – Member
And you shouldn’t be using neurofen on a 1 year old. In fact, you shouldn’t be using it at all, it’s a waste of money. Buy paracetamol and ibuprofen for about 20p a pack form your supermarket, don’t pander to the ad guys!.
I take it you are neither a parent nor a healthcare professional? Nurofen is available in suspension for children (from 3 months IIRC). I agree with your “generic ibuprofen is just as effective” sentiments, but will note that generic forms of the children’s formulations are not as readily available (larger supermarkets / pharmacies only).
With regard the OP’s question: we used Piriton (on 3yr old?) and found that it actually seemed to have a “sedative” effect, perhaps it will kick in after half an hour or so? NHS24 website advises calamine lotion.Posted 6 years agoDracSubscriber
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen to keep temperatures down, plenty of fluids and for the itching Camalmine lotion, piriton only if they are over one.
We tried the bicarb bath but not sure it made much odds the Camalmine certainly does which I guess why the NHS recommends it.
NHS choices has plenty of advice.Posted 6 years agomolgripsSubscriber
We used calamine on Lil Grips. Dunno about drying out skin, but she was ok in less than a week (at 12mo).
I’ve read that Piriton usually makes kids sleepy but in a large minority (10-20%, something like that) it makes them mental.
CBeebies, a sofa and a blanket worked best for us 🙂Posted 6 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
Buy paracetamol and ibuprofen for about 20p a pack form your supermarket, don’t pander to the ad guys!
I would love to see anyone try to get a 1yr old to swallow a pill 😯
(I know you later corrected yourself poster, but I did find that amusing 🙂 )
And if using Nurofen/Calpol don’t forget you can alternate doses (so they don’t have to go so long between doses) to keep them dosed to the max if they are in real discomfort.
And Nurofen will be best at night – the effects last a bit longer apparently so you have more chance of nipper getting some meaningful sleep in.Posted 6 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Thanks for all the advice… especially the trying to get a 1 year old to swallow tablets 🙂
We have been using a mixture of Nurofen and Calpol. Mrs FD is a doctor, hence why went straight for the Piriton (which is used in Kids < 1 year) just not advised at home. Mrs FD knows the correct medical interventions, but what I guess as a Dr you dont know is the stuff that isnt medically proven that works at home ie bicarbonate/oatmeal baths etc etc.
What we have found is that bicarbonate baths really soothes him and reduce the spots, as does calamine, although Im sure when I was a kid it made mine worse! We have also bought Virasoothe in the day time it does nothing. Last night at 4am it appeared to help but just could be that the gel was cold therefore relieved him for a bit.
Thanks for the advice.Posted 6 years ago
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