About the Illness
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.
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.
You can help relieve the discomfort of the itching and boost the immune system by using one of the following remedies:
Melia azedarach Infusion good for all
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.
Cymbopogon citratus Tea and Inhalation good for all
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.
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.