Ask the Experts
Q: How should we treat our baby's chickenpox?
A: Keep your baby's fingernails short to prevent scratches; give him frequent, warm oatmeal baths; and dress him in loose clothing. After his bout is over (in about 10 days), apply sunscreen whenever you take him outside, as "new" skin burns more easily. As the lesions heal, watch for tenacious scabs, which can cause residual pockmarks; use a warm, wet compress to help coax them off. Also ask your doctor about prescribing acyclovir to relieve symptoms.