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Health Tips for April 2

Posted Apr 01 2009 11:44pm

Health Tip: Calming Chickenpox

Chickenpox, and its trademark itchy, red spots, is a common disease in children.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions for relieving the itch and keeping your child more comfortable:

  • Have your child soak in a warm oatmeal bath every few hours.
  • Apply cool, damp rags across your child's body.
  • Gently pat your child's body dry. Don't rub or scratch the itchy spots.
  • Dab the pox with calamine lotion, everywhere but on the face.
  • If your child's chickenpox are inside the mouth, feed the child soft, cold foods. Avoid anything acidic or salty.
  • Have your child take acetaminophen to alleviate pain.
  • Talk to your child's pediatrician about OTC medications that soothe itching, and creams that are safe to alleviate pain near the genitals.

Health Tip: Check Your Baby's Feet

A baby's feet grow quickly. During the infant's first year, it's important to check the feet regularly to be sure they are developing normally.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions:

  • Examine your baby's feet carefully. Report anything that looks unusual to your pediatrician.
  • Allow the baby's feet to move. Let baby lie on his or her back without a blanket or cover, to allow the feet to kick.
  • Don't wrap or cover your baby's feet tightly -- leave covers loose so that your baby can move the feet freely.
  • Move your baby frequently, and don't let him or her stay in the same position for too long. Frequent position changes put less strain on the legs and feet.
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