Chickenpox is extremely common as it is highly infectious. It is spread by coughing, sneezing or by directly touching the rash.

It is characterised by a red, itchy rash which blisters and crusts over within two weeks.

A mild flu like illness is usually present before the appearance of the rash. Your child may suffer from a fever, body ache, headache, nausea and loss of appetite.

No specific medical treatment is required. Pain relief such as children’s paracetamol can help if your child has pain or a fever. Antihistamines or calamine lotion may help with the itching. Children should stay at home until the blisters have crusted over and avoid contact with pregnant women.

Chickenpox is usually mild but once in a while complications can occur. The most common is infection of the rash if it blisters. If you have concerns call NHS 111. 

Find out more at NHS website

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018