How can I keep my child from scratching chickenpox?

It may be hard to keep a child from scratching at the unbearably itchy rash of chickenpox. But it is important to lessen scratching to prevent scars and possible secondary infection. Here are a few things to try:

  • Make sure your child's nails are cut short.
  • Put a pair of mittens on your child's hands.
  • Give your child cool baths and put calamine lotion on the itchy spots.

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