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Chicken Pox

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection. It is spread by respiratory droplets (usually from when a child with chicken pox sneezes or coughs around another child), or from touching someone who has it. It is a concern for pregnant women, as infection during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for the mother, and possible abnormalities in the developing baby. It is also a concern for small babies and those with poor immune systems. Complications can occur. These include pneumonia, bleeding disorders and inflammation in the brain. While serious, these complications are very unlikely. In most cases, children with chicken pox recover well. Immunisation against chicken pox helps prevent illness.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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