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Poxy Chickens… The joy of chickenpox

on June 2, 2013

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Spots, Spts, EVERYWHERE!

Our house is currently a pox ridden environment!
Little man has the chicken pox and isn’t a happy bunny at all.

Luckily (at the moment) he doesn’t seem to have it as badly as some children can get it, but new crops of those horrible little red spots keep appearing, causing him to burst into tears and generally be a grumpy little monkey.

We’ve stocked up on all the usual lotions and potions and have found that out of the lot, Aqueous Calamine cream is working a treat. Other things that are working brilliantly to ease that awful itching are a small dose of Piriton, oatmeal baths and our own colloidal oatmeal cream.

To make it, what I’ve done is grind up oats in a coffee bean grinder (obviously perfectly clean with no coffee in it!) until I have a fine powder.

Now, this powder can be put straight into the bath for a lovely soothing soak (or you can just put the oats into a muslin, tie it up at the top and plonk that in the bath as well)

To make the cream, I’ve then mixed the powder with some hot water until you get a paste and pushed it through a sieve to get rid of any scratchy bits of oats.

Then I’ve added it to a normal skin cream that we use on him all the time. It’s really made a massive difference and he seems so much more comfortable afterwards.

I know that Aveeno uses colloidal oatmeal within its ingredients, so that could be a good option if you don’t want to make your own.

Have you got any other natural remedies for chicken pox that have helped you or your little ones? I’ve heard good things about bicarbonate of soda in the bath so I’m off to get some today!

Keep an eye on the blog over the next week or so – I have a little surprise up my sleeve that will make one of you very happy indeed!

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