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Can you put Bonjela on chickenpox?

(11 Posts)
NeopreneMermaid Sat 15-Jun-13 17:25:40

DS (15 months) is covered and being driven mad. He's dosed up with Calpol and slathered in calamine lotion so I wondered whether Bonjela/Dentinox would numb the spots and give him relief. Anyone tried this or know if it's ok (or at least won't make it worse)? Poor little chap. sad

mikkii Sat 15-Jun-13 17:31:00

No, go and buy Virasoothe if you want something topical, although DD1 aged 6 said it isn't really help. We found Piriton helped.

NeopreneMermaid Sat 15-Jun-13 17:32:47

Thanks. Can they have Piriton at that age (15m)?

notJenkins Sat 15-Jun-13 17:34:35

Pour a load of bicarbonate of soda into bath water and place child in the bath. Itching will stop.

My 2 spent hours in the bath when they had chicken pox.

monikar Sat 15-Jun-13 17:50:45

Piriton can be given to children over a year of age. It should help with the itching. I personally wouldn't put teething gel on the spots.

ColouringInQueen Sat 15-Jun-13 17:52:40

calpol, ibuprofen and piriton made a big difference for mine. Good luck x

NeopreneMermaid Sat 15-Jun-13 18:02:35

Bought all of the above! He can have the Piriton and it "may cause drowsiness". Bonus

NeopreneMermaid Sat 15-Jun-13 18:38:53

But, question remains: Bonjela or not?

daftdame Sat 15-Jun-13 18:41:56

I expect you may have a problem with dosage. How much does the tube say you can use in one go?

ScienceRocks Sat 15-Jun-13 18:41:58

No, it has salicylates in it, which could irritate the skin. Bonjela is designed for use inside the mouth, and the salicylates are quickly absorbed having an anaesthetising effect. On the skin, which is not the same as the inside of the mouth, it will not do the same. Instead the gel will sit on the skin and it is likely to cause irritation.

NeopreneMermaid Sat 15-Jun-13 19:18:40

Thanks Science! I'll stick to the calamine then.

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