Chicken pox is no fun for anyone involved. Both my kids have had it and it was horrid for them when they had it, horrid for them when they had to sty inside when the other one went down with it (stuck inside for another week) and it’s fair to say that I didn’t enjoy it much either, I spent one of my birthdays in the middle of my kids chicken pox outbreaks and the only time I’d been out of the house for two weeks was tag teaming with my husband so I could nip out and buy a pint of milk. Sometimes your kids will feel really poorly with chicken pox and all they’ll want to do is rest but there’s often a period too when they are well enough to do ‘something’ but they’re not well enough to go out and about again so with that in mind today I’m sharing some activities for during chicken pox.
Treating Chicken Pox
When both my kids had chicken pox I used Care ViraSoothe to help calm down their itching, it was the brand that was recommended to me by my friends as the one that they’d used for their kids and as Care ViraSoothe is stocked in Boots it was easy to get hold of as soon as the spots started to appear. Care ViraSoothe contains OSMO Care, a unique patented technology that has been clinically proven to relieve the irritating symptoms of chickenpox by cooling the skin and thereby relieving itching. By protecting the skin’s environment it allows the skin to heal naturally which can help reduce long-term scarring. Care ViraSoothe is now available as a spray as well as a gel to help apply it as quickly as possible.
Whether its a comic or a sticker book my kids have always enjoyed doing stickers and it’s a simple activity that they can do without having to leave the comfort of the sofa.
Play in the garden
If your kids are starting to feel a bit more active but they’re not able to go out yet then playing in the garden is perfect, watering plants, drawing with chalk on the floor or blowing bubbles.
There’s a time for setting boundaries about screen time but it’s not always when your kid is poorly. If they want to watch Ben and Holly for hours and it takes their mind off feeling rough then go for it. If they’ve got their appetite then have a film afternoon and make some popcorn to go with it.
And of course painting too. If you want to do some colouring but don’t have any colouring books then sites like NickJr are always really good for having lots of downloadable activities with characters like Paw Patrol and Shimmer and Shine.
Have an indoor picnic
Make sure all the toys are invited too!
Put a pop up tent up in the front room
Kids pop up tents are great for snuggling up in to read a story or as somewhere a little bit different to play with toys – perhaps it could be a doctors surgery if the toys are poorly too!
Photo of girl with chicken pox via Shutterstock