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Child with chicken pox, diet advice, recovery period - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Dr, My son - 2.5 years - suffering with Chicken pox (from Sunday, past 4 days). Can we give oats water during Chicken pox?
Doctor :   May I know from when is he suffering with chicken pox?
User :   he still have fever.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   From Last Sunday night (4 days back)
Doctor :   Are you asking about oats bath?
Doctor :   yes, you can feed him with oats water.
User :   No, i am asking about drinking oats water (water boiled with oats, filter it, add little salt in it).
Doctor :   It helps in improving the body immunity.
User :   Does it help reducing the body temperature?
Doctor :   So, this will help in early recovery.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   ok, and I am concerning about the recovery duration. I got CPOX 15 days back, got recovered in 4 days (with some Anti viral medicine).
User :   However, he is still having fever. Generally, how long this will take for recovery?
User :   He is taking no medicines.
Doctor :   The recovery period would be from 7 to 10 days, as this is a viral infection the recovery depends on the immunity of the child.
Doctor :   So, only antiviral are prescribed in few cases.
Doctor :   But I feel your son would be fine within 7 days.
Doctor :   Yes, only after the skin lesions recover you can give him a bath.
User :   when can he take bath? Typically people say on day 5, once the rashes shows recovery symptom.
Doctor :   till then please avoid bathing.
Doctor :   Feed him with nutritious food.
Doctor :   Ask him to take complete bed rest
Doctor :   Ask him to drink lots of water.
Doctor :   You can give medications for fever if the fever is high that is more than 100 degrees.
User :   if he has slight fever, can we give him path?
User :   sorry, bath?
Doctor :   I feel once his fever is completely reduced you can give him bath.
User :   what diet you would suggest in specific.?
User :   In fact he is not eating well.
Doctor :   Yes, due to high fever and change in taste he wouldn't able to eat as much,
Doctor :   but you can prepare his favourite food items as encourage him to eat.
User :   what about coffee (instead of milk)?
Doctor :   Prepare something which is easily edible and digestable.
Doctor :   You can give him coffee if he likes it but make sure the temperature of the coffee is bearable.
User :   Understand doctor. Is there an issue with coffee?
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   ok
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take care
User :   thank you doctor
Doctor :   Wish your son a speedy recovery.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   no at this moment, thank you
User :   bye
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