The chickenpox vaccine is recommended for your child after 12 to 15 months old and again between 4 and 6 years old.
Chickenpox is caused by a virus. The virus takes about 10 to 21 days to develop from the time of exposure.
The main symptom of chickenpox is a blistering rash.
Your child can easily spread chickenpox up to 48 hours before getting the rash until all the blisters have scabs (five to seven days).
Do not give your child aspirin. This can cause a serious condition called Reye's syndrome. It can lead to coma or death.
Antibiotics will not help treat chickenpox. The virus will have to run its course.
Call your health care provider for an appointment if you think your child has chickenpox. The diagnosis needs to be confirmed by your health care provider.
Most children receive no specific medicine for chickenpox.
Treatment with an antiviral medicine may be needed if your child with the chickenpox is older, has a severe case, has a weakened immune system, or is the second sibling in the same household with the chickenpox.
Call if your child has:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic