Harmless old wives' tales?

Old Wives TalesNew report reveals traditional remedies may not be as effective as we thought

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TV doctor and GP Dr Ellie Cannon talks about traditional remedies we use to treat the most common illness among children - chicken pox.

From 'feed a cold and starve a fever' to guzzling chicken soup to overcome the flu, most of us have tried one of these unproven methods to beat an illness. However, a new report released today lifts the lid on some of the traditional remedies which parents use to treat one of the most common illnesses in children - chickenpox - without realising their treatment methods may have little effect

Most children will catch the age old illness at some point during their childhood, and for those of us that have had chickenpox, we can all remember the constant need to itch ourselves into a frenzy. Some parents will even go to the extent of putting oven mitts on their little one's hands to stop them scratching!

The report commissioned by Care, makers of over 90 tried and trusted healthcare products for everyday family ailments, surveyed 5000 parents on the methods they have used to help relieve their child's chickenpox symptoms. It found that 9 out of 10 have used calamine lotion on their children to relieve the signs of chickenpox, despite the fact that there is no clinical evidence to show that it works, as - whilst offering immediate itch relief - can often leave your child's skin feeling itchier than before.

Products such as Care ViraSoothe Chickenpox Relief Cooling Gel and Spray Gel help break the itch, scratch, infection cycle by rapidly calming the persistent itch

Watch Dr Ellie Cannon talk about the best methods and remedies for treating chicken pox.


Chicken pox with Dr Ellie Cannon by BroadcastExchange

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