How to Treat Chicken Pox in Babies

By Prev Info - February 15, 2022

Chicken pox is a highly contagious airborne disease classified by red, spotty, fluid-filled blisters on the body that itch. The condition usually corrects itself within 2 to 3 weeks and does not require treatment unless fever persists for several days without subsiding or the spots change in shape and/or color. 

The waiting period is often uncomfortable due to the itching. In children and young babies, parents are able to provide some relief by helping control their discomfort.

Chicken Pox in Babies


1 - Visit your doctor to confirm that the spots are chicken pox.

A quick examination can determine whether or not your child has it. Your doctor will be able to inform you about specific ways your particular child should be treated at home.

2 - Prevent your child from scratching the sores. 

Sores which are continuously scratched open will not heal and could potentially scar. Bacteria infections could also result from excessive itching. Keep your child's nails short or keep infant mittens on your child for the duration for the illness.


3 - Give a cool bath every 3 to 4 hours. 

Add a dash of baking soda or colloidal oatmeal to add more relief.

4 - Use calamine lotion. 

Purchase a bottle from your pharmacist and use often to control itching.

5 - Reduce fever by giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 

Never give aspirin to a child. Aspirin could result in the rare but fatal Reye's syndrome. Your child's temperature should go down after approximately 2 days. If it persists and is over 38.5 degrees Celsius, contact your physician immediately. As with all fevers, keep your child hydrated by offering lots of liquids.

6 - Ask your doctor for a cream to help reduce itching.

Your doctor can prescribe an ointment that will relieve itching if other solutions are not beneficial.

Tips & Warnings

Chicken pox is highly contagious, especially in the 2 days before the child exhibits physical symptoms. When chicken pox is diagnosed, keep your child at home. Do not allow her near other children, particularly infants. The elderly and others with weak immune systems should be avoided as well.