Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Pox on our House

Day 4

He's doing well. A little bit cranky, a lot a bit itchy. There are far more polka-dots down lower and on his back. He allows Calamine lotion where his diaper will cover it up at night, but not anywhere else because he doesn't like being covered in pink.

We tried Benadryl gel on the itchiest parts - but he didn't like the stickiness, so we're taking lots of baths with ground up oatmeal and baking soda. He takes Rhus Tox three times a day. And this morning I tried making a homemade anti-itch remedy that worked better than the calamine lotion and seems to soothe him.

Here's the recipe in case you need it someday.

Mix together
1 tablespoon honey
40 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil,
15 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
1 teaspoon vit. e oil
1/2 cup aloe vera gel.

Once completely mixed, add 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again.

Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes) or store in a glass jar and apply with cotton pads.
A more potent and less unsightly way to treat the chicken pox than traditional Calamine lotion.

It's cooling, stops the itch, and isn't greasy or sticky.


Simple Mama


  1. Poor little guy (and you, for being quarantined)! Hope he feels better soon and that your homemade mixture keeps him relatively itch free as long as it lasts.

  2. I hope he's feeling better, and less itchy, soon! He's very cute with dots. :)

  3. aww poor pookie! Hope he gets well quickly

  4. oh i wish we had had that remedy, sounds lovely. we have just finished up two rounds of the pox (both kids now). my toddler fared much better than my six year old. day four, you are almost out of the thick of it, mama! my friend's babe just got them. i am going to forward your post to her.

  5. Your remedy sound wonderful and not pink :).

    Hope the Little feels better soon.

    Peace mama!