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 Integrative Medicine: Chickenpox 

To fight the intense itching of chickenpox, give your child one dose of Rhus toxicodendron 30x or 9c, three times daily, for forty-eight hours or until symptoms improve. If there is no improvement in forty-eight hours, try a different remedy.

Sulphur 30x or 9c is often useful for very red and very itchy pocks. Give your child one dose, three times a day, for up to three days.

For the locations of acupressure points on a child's body, see Administering an Acupressure Treatment

Four Gates helps to relax a restless, uncomfortable child.

Large Intestine 11 helps relieve itching of the skin.

Spleen 10 is a specific for taking "heat" out of the blood.

Stomach 36 is useful for improving appetite.

General Recommendations
Give your child homeopathic Rhus toxicodendron daily until symptoms lessen.

To support your child's immune system and soothe mucous membranes, give him an echinacea and goldenseal combination formula.

Apply homeopathic Grindelia or Calendula tincture or gel to your child's lesions to relieve itching.

Children over the age of three can usually understand why scratching should be avoided. Explain to your child that scratching or picking at scabs can cause an infection, and that rubbing open a blister or pulling off a scab before the new skin has formed underneath will leave a scar, a pockmark. Keep your child's fingernails short to prevent breaking of the skin if he does begin to scratch.

If your child is under three, it may be difficult to convince him to leave the pocks alone. Take any and all measures to relieve the itching. The more your child scratches, the greater the danger of infection and scarring. Be diligent and creative.

Keep your child clean, quiet, and cool. A soak in bath water treated with chamomile, calendula, or grindelia will soothe and relax your child. These herbs help relieve itching, too.

Oatmeal baths are very soothing to dry and itching skin. Tie a handful of raw oatmeal in a washcloth and swish it around in your child's bath water. You may gently rub the washcloth full of oatmeal over the itchy places as well, but be very careful not to break the blisters.

Use Burow's solution soaks to dry open or draining sores.

Occasionally, a few extra-thick scabs refuse to drop off, and skin begins to form around them. Don't try to lift these stubborn scabs off, or your child will be left with pockmarks. If you notice some tenacious scabs that seem to be clinging on too long, encourage them to separate from the skin with a soak in one of the hot treated baths suggested above.

(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child ISBN: 1583331395)
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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
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