We all know that whenever our child falls ill or experiences some pain and discomfort we try to do everything in our power to help him and make him feel better. We always try to protect our children but they’re fragile and susceptible to diseases as their immune system are still developing and aren’t as resilient as ours. One of the diseases that affects children between 5-15 years of age is Scarlet fever and it’s an infection that manifests through rashes, itching and a sore throat. This disease was much more common in the past and became less threatening with the invention of new, modern antibiotics. However, it seems that a new, more aggressive strain of the infection is spreading once again, as new cases of Scarlet fever have started appearing since 2015.
How It Develops
Streptococcus, the bacteria responsible for strep throat, is the same bacteria that secrets a certain toxin in our children. Hence, children prone to this bacterium are at a higher risk of getting Scarlet fever. The main symptoms of the disease are rashes on the chest, face, neck and back, almost everywhere but the area around the mouth
6 days later the rashes on the skin slowly start disappearing and the skin starts to peel off. IN addition to rashes scarlet fever manifests through:
- High fever (101°F)
- Sore throat
- Itchy skin
- Red rash
- Flushed face
- Swollen neck glands
- Abdominal pain
What should you do if your child catches scarlet fever?
The first thing you need to do is make sure your kid doesn’t infect others and since the disease is highly contagious it’s best if he stays at home and avoids contact with other children. You should separate his cutlery and the toothbrush to avoid transference to other family members.
Doctors usually prescribe a ten day antibiotic treatment for scarlet fever and even if you believe the condition is improving you shouldn’t stop with the therapy. The child shouldn’t go back to school as soon as the symptoms disappear, wait for at least 24 hours afterwards.
You should seek professional help and address the infection as soon as you notice it because if left untreated it can lead to other health complications, including kidney failure and cardiovascular issues.
Treating scarlet fever and its symptoms
If you want to relieve the symptoms of scarlet fever it’s best to steer clear of painkiller and try some of the natural remedies below:
- Heat up a mixture of cayenne pepper and ACV for sore throat relief
- Apply a cotton cloth soaked in ACV on the rashes to soothe the pain and irritation
- Combine some organic honey, mint leaves and raspberry leaves in a glass of hot water and have your child drink this mixture two times a day.
- Dry air can irritate the throat even more so make sure you use humidifier or water vapors to moisten the air.
- Lavender oil contain linalool that can help with the itchiness and skin dryness as a result of the infection. Combine it with olive, almond or coconut oil and apply it on the rashes.
- Clip your kid’s fingernails to avoid them damaging their skin when scratching it.
- They need to consume lots of warm fluids like tea and soups to strengthen their immune system and recover faster.
- Don’t smoke around your child and avoid using strong-scented, chemically-laden cleaning products.
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