How we Survived Chicken Pox X2

October has been the month of Chicken Pox in our house.  The latest Chicken Pox epidemic at nursery saw 34 children struck down, including my 2.

I had started wondering about getting Violet vaccinated as I really didn’t want her to be much older when she caught the Pox.  But then she got it.  We had the added drama that my Dad hasn’t had it.  How he has got to the age of 68 and never had Chicken Pox I do not know!  Surely that means he has a natural immunity??  My parents look after the children 2 days a week so when Violet got the spots my Dad put a ban on us visiting and we quarantined ourselves at home.

Poor Violet got such a raw deal with the spots.  She was COVERED.  They were everywhere.  When I heard that Chicken Pox was doing the rounds again at pre-school I went to the pharmacy and bought ViraSoothe gel and PoxCiln foam.  People I spoke to asked if I was using Calamine lotion.  My reading told me that this treatment from my childhood had now been superseded.  Supposedly, although Calamine lotion dries the spots, it also dries the skin which causes itchiness.  The spots are already itchy as they are so you don’t want to make the skin itchy as well!


My approach was to use the ViraSoothe gel on Violet’s face and any angry spots on her body.  Then I used the PoxClin foam all over her body.  Violet liked to put the foam on her tummy; it was good for her to get involved with treating her spots.  Both the gel and foam cool the spots and ease itching.  They claim to promote natural healing and reduce scarring.  I was really impressed with both products and they really helped calm Violet’s poor skin.  Once the spots started showing I had a really serious conversation with Violet about not scratching them.  I explained how if she scratches them it will make her skin very poorly.  Violet was amazing, she didn’t scratch her skin at all.  Whenever she felt uncomfortable and itchy she came to tell me and then we got the gel and foam and treated her skin.  I really couldn’t believe how sensible Violet was being.

An added treatment I had heard of was to put porridge oats in some tights (tie a knot!) and then allowing the water to pass through the tights when running a bath.  The milky softened water really does soothe the skin and relieve itching.  Violet thought I was slightly bonkers for putting porridge in her bath and kept chuckling and asking me why!  We dabbed the tights on her spots and allowed the water to dribble over her sore skin.  Once she got out the bath we made sure to pat her dry with a fluffy towel.

Ezra got spots 2 weeks after Violet and being younger he has had a much milder dose.  We have treated his spots in exactly the same way and he has seemed very unbothered by them.

So, for Chicken Pox treatment I recommend:

  • ViraSoothe gel
  • PoxClin foam
  • Porridge oats in tights in the bath

I am so glad we are done with the Pox.  Hopefully November will mark the start of a germ-free winter!



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  1. November 2, 2015 / 7:45 am

    Brilliant advice – we are yet to tackle “the pox” and so I will be very grateful of your post at some point in the very near future I’m sure. I would have automatically reached for the calamine and so these treatments are all new to me but look like a great idea. #fartglitter

    • November 3, 2015 / 11:36 am

      Yup – I even had the calamine in the cupboard but these 2 products were excellent for my 2. Obviously I haven’t used calamine so I don’t know first hand how it would have treated the spots.
      Definitely invest on one or both of these products for when the time comes!
      Vix x

  2. November 2, 2015 / 10:53 am

    What a nightmare hope the kids are OK now, it’s awful seeing them ill. I don’t know why we don’t vaccinate against it in the UK they do in other countries. #fartglitter
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    • November 3, 2015 / 10:29 am

      I agree. My cousin in USA said they vaccinate. It can be such a serious illness so not something to be taken lightly. Thankfully my 2 were ok.
      Vix x

  3. November 3, 2015 / 4:52 am

    Ick- sounds dreadful but I’m glad you found a couple of products that made it bearable. We vaccinated our tot against chicken pox last week. Couldn’t face the trauma if he got it 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x
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    • November 3, 2015 / 10:28 am

      I was so ready to go for the vaccine also. It was on my to do list for November to research but then they got it and thankfully they weren’t too poorly.
      Vix x

  4. November 3, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Camoumile is overrated – we used Eurax which seemed to help, but my son had hardly any spots.
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    • November 3, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Ah your son was fortunate not to have too many spots. I’m really glad I found these other 2 products – they definitely worked well for us.
      Vix x

  5. November 3, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Great advice! I hadn’t realised either that there were new products around for treating chicken pox – I will have to remember them if and when my boys get it! Hope everyone is feeling better now 🙂 #TwinklyTuesday
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    • November 4, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you x
      Yes get stocked up for when the time comes!!
      All better here now. Healthy November please!
      Vix x

  6. November 3, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    We had the same treatment plan. and we also missed out on getting the vaccine! Darn Chicken Pox!

    • November 4, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      Pleased to hear others have used the same treatment as us. It seems like a very gentle treatment with excellent results. I’m on the look out for any scarring for them but so far I’m really happy with how their skin is healing.
      Vix x

  7. November 3, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    Calamine lotion wasnt all that great at dealing with my boys pox and they both have a couple of quite heafty scars from them. Im glad treatments have moved on from that.
    Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx#abitofeverything
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    • November 4, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Yes certainly there are more options on the chemist shelves now. these 2 products plus the porridge oats worked a treat for us!
      Vix x

  8. November 3, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    I have taken notes from this post for when we get the dreaded chicken pox. Really dreading it as my eldest has quite sensitive skin anyway.

    • November 4, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      For sensitive skin I would really recommend the porridge oats bath. It really softened the water and dabbing the oats on her really sore spots helped so much. It looks very strange but undoubtedly worked wonders!
      Vix x

  9. November 4, 2015 / 3:10 am

    You are so lucky that your kids now have natural immunity. It’s much better to have natural immunity than to have the vaccine only for it to wear off in a few years and then you need another. Vaccines are full of a bunch of yuck, aluminum and other neurotoxins. Not fan. I’d rather my kids get the chicken pox and all those other childhood illnesses. With a healthy immune system almost all children recover just fine from them, and then have a life-long natural immunity.

    • November 4, 2015 / 3:19 pm

      Yes I am pleased they have now got chicken pox out of the way and they didn’t have a bad dose of it. But having seen some really terrible stories of how poorly the pox can make kids I now know it’s not something to be taken lightly. I’m thankful they have it over with now and they didn’t suffer too badly.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      Vix x

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  10. November 4, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Wow Violet sounded like a complete star! How good was she? I’m so glad you had these products and sensible little ones. It seems it made the pox with 2 much easier. Hope all better now and thanks for sharing with#bestandworst x
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    • November 4, 2015 / 9:00 pm

      She was such a trooper! I couldn’t believe it!
      All better here now and hoping for a healthy November!
      Vix x

  11. November 5, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Wow, sounds like they – and you – coped really well. I know I was a nightmare when I got chickenpox as a child (even though it was quite a mild case) and I still have a scar on my abdomen from scratching.

    The cubs haven’t had the pox yet. Baby Bear did start getting spots one day when I knew a little boy at toddlers had chickenpox but it must have been something else because the spots had all disappeared by the morning! I’ll remember these products when the boys do come down with it, though, so thank!

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    • November 5, 2015 / 7:44 am

      I hope the cubs get it mild when it does come. These products really helped mine to cope with the discomfort so hopefully they will work when the time comes for your little ones!
      Vix x

  12. November 5, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Oh no – what a nightmare. It’s bad enough with just one but two. Sounds like you all coped with it amazingly well. At least you only had to do it the once 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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    • November 10, 2015 / 11:44 am

      Yup all over with now – thank goodness!! And not as bad as I expected 🙂 x

  13. November 7, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    I did the sock thing too when E&E have them two weeks apart, then I use lavender oil to clam the spots down. I wish I had know about ViraSoothe gel & PoxClin foam. They both have scars everywhere. 🙁 I just need to apply vitamin B cream on them everyday and hopefully they will fade away. Thank you for the link up with very useful information. Glad your little ones are fully recovered now. x #FabFridayPost
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    • November 10, 2015 / 11:41 am

      aw your poor little ones. hopefully over time the scars will fade x

  14. November 7, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Chicken pox was our worst nightmare when my little girl had it because we were in Sharm-el-sheik that time for a holiday, so instead of going home, we ended up having to stay another week, extra week holiday was nice but not if you’re dealing with an ill baby. I’m glad both my kids got it too, so no more worries about it in the future, It would have been nice to know this products before as it’s worrying seeing them itching a lot. Thanks for sharing! #FabFridayPost

    • November 10, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Goodness that must have been really hard being away from home with a poorly little one. Great that she is better now and you don’t have to deal with the pox again x

  15. November 12, 2015 / 11:42 am

    This brings back memories of a post we did a year or so ago about how I dealt with Chicken Pox. It was awful and we had a hell of a time with it – I actually ended up in Hospital! Totally agree with oats to sooth in the bath and decrease the itching- it worked for us! #FartGlitter #BrilliantBlogPosts
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    • November 12, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Chicken Pox can be absolutely awful can’t it. I was really worried about my kids getting it as I know it’s a serious illness.
      Thank goodness you’re ok!
      Oats to the rescue!
      Vix x

  16. November 26, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Great advice – chickenpox can be so difficult to manage and can even turn into shingles for adults! I know my mum used calamine lotion on me and I have hated the idea of it ever since. Anything that can help alleviate the itching has to be good, so thanks for the advice 🙂 #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • November 30, 2015 / 7:48 am

      I think my mum would have used Calamine lotion on me also. These 2 treatments definitely reduced the itching. My daughter was able to tell me when the spots were itching and after we applied the gel/foam she said they felt better. Vix x

  17. November 26, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Not looking forward to when we get this. I had it 3 times as a child – I was NOT one of the usual get it and become immune people! I hope I am finally immune now! Never heard of these two treatments. Heard of the oats in tights one though! #brilliantblogposts
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    • November 30, 2015 / 7:46 am

      3 times!!! You poor thing. I hope your immunity has built up now! x

    • November 30, 2015 / 7:49 am

      Thank you. I hope it’s a mild dose when it comes! x

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