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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Diseases Chicken Pox Chicken pox can be prevented by immunization. The chicken pox virus is very contagious. A child with chicken pox should stay away from other children until all the spots have crusted over and dried. This takes about one week. Cut the child’s fingernails short to prevent scratching. Baths with oatmeal may reduce the itching. Ask the child’s doctor about medicine to reduce fever and itching. From Hip on Health: Health Information for Caregivers and Families by Charlotte M. Hendricks. Published by Redleaf Press. COPYRIGHTED 1 MATERIAL