What education should be given to parents of children with chickenpox (varicella)?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Parents of infected children should be instructed to trim their children’s fingernails to minimize skin damage from scratching and the associated complications of bacterial superinfection. Also, it is important to advise parents not to use aspirin for fever control, because the development of Reye syndrome is associated with salicylate administration in children with chickenpox.

For patient education resources, see the Infections CenterChildren's Health Center and Skin Conditions and Beauty Center. Also, see the patient education articles Chickenpox and Skin Rashes in Children.


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