About the Illness

Chickenpox is a mild virus infection common to children.

Symptoms will develop 2-3 weeks after a child has been exposed to another child with the disease.

Children are infectious for 1-2 days before spots appear and then for another 5 days afterwards.



Common Symptoms

Symptoms begin with a low grade fever, loss of appetite and decreased activity; about 2 days later the child will develop an itchy rash of red, pimple-like spots (some children only get a few); spots turn to clear blisters that break open and scab. The child will generally continue to get new bumps for about 4 more days; all sores should crust over in about 6 days. By this time the child is no longer contagious; it may take another 1-2 weeks for all the scabs to finally heal.



Children's Issues

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Important Information

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Herbal Therapy

You can help relieve the discomfort of the itching and boost the immune system by using one of the following remedies:
Melia azedarach Infusion Crush and soak a handful of leaves in 3 ltr warm water for 3 hours. Put aside some liquid to take as medicine then bathe the child in the remaining mixture. Drink as follows: 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 3x daily for 7 days; 2-6 yrs: 3 tbsp 3x daily; up to 2 yrs: 1 tbsp 3x daily. The blisters should clear in 2-3 days.



Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:All
Cymbopogon citratus Tea and Inhalation Bring 2 handfuls of leaves to the boil in 3 ltr water. Perform a steam inhalation and then drink as follows: 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 4x daily; 2-6 yrs 3 tbsp 4x daily; up to 2 yrs: 1 tbsp 4x daily.

Good for:All
Steam Inhalation
 
  • Boil the medicinal herbs in a pot, or add a few drops of medicinal oil to a pot of boiling water.  
  • Sit the patient on a chair or at the edge of the bed and place the pot at their feet.  
  • Cover the entire head and body with a sheet or blanket with the pot inside it.  
  • Let the patient take deep slow breaths to inhale the medicinal steam.  
  • Reheat or add more medicine as needed.  
  • Babies and small children should be placed under the sheet with the care giver and allowed to breathe just a few breaths. Then take them out and let them breathe fresh air for a minute or so before putting them back under the sheet for another few breaths.

[Steam Inhalation]
Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

[Tea/Decoction]
Orange & Lemon Leaf Tea and Inhalation Bring a handful of each type of leaf to the boil in 3 ltr water.  Perform a steam inhalation and then drink as follows: 2-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 3x daily; up to 2 yrs: 3 tbsp 3x daily.


Steam Inhalation
 
  • Boil the medicinal herbs in a pot, or add a few drops of medicinal oil to a pot of boiling water.  
  • Sit the patient on a chair or at the edge of the bed and place the pot at their feet.  
  • Cover the entire head and body with a sheet or blanket with the pot inside it.  
  • Let the patient take deep slow breaths to inhale the medicinal steam.  
  • Reheat or add more medicine as needed.  
  • Babies and small children should be placed under the sheet with the care giver and allowed to breathe just a few breaths. Then take them out and let them breathe fresh air for a minute or so before putting them back under the sheet for another few breaths.

[Steam Inhalation]
Good for:All

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Eat vitamin-rich foods (especially green vegetables).
  • Eat protein-rich foods (but avoid red meat and big fish).



Body Work and General Advice

  • Wear light, loose clothing.
  • Try to keep child from scratching.
  • Cut fingernails very short to stop scratching and infection.
  • If scabs get infected keep them clean.
  • Keep your child at home to avoid infecting other children.