Well this is a random one!
My three kids have gone through chicken pox over the last few years with my three year old boy being the most recent. I must say that when itching kicked in I think I would have tried any safe possible options to relieve their discomfort! My first two had awful doses and their skin was literally crawling with itch – I have reviewed other chicken pox products which I tried out on them and you can read about that by clicking here! I hadn’t heard about using head and shoulders in the bath in time for the first two but I gave it a shot recently with my son!
First and foremost it’s important to mention that when I contacted the manufacturers about using head and shoulders for chicken pox relief all they would or could say is that no research had been undertaken for this use but they have indeed had a lot of feedback about it in recent months – most likely due to a UK media article going ‘viral’. In essence, using this shampoo in the bath is not evidence based and is based purely on anecdotal evidence .
Right, so how does it work?
Head and Shoulders contains Zinc Pyrithione which is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. It promotes healing and reduces itching. This ingredient can reduce irritation of this skin so it makes sense that in terms of wound care for chickenpox that it could have a beneficial effect!
Should I try it?
Answering this I have to note that Head and Shoulders manufacturers don’t recommend its use for chicken pox but that is because they have no research done and cannot make claims without evidence. I can’t either, but I can say that it makes sense to me personally, so much so that I was prepared to try it on my own little fella! He was delighted to squeeze a decent dollop into the bath and definitely seemed to get some relief from it, as well as enjoying splashing and soaking my bathroom! So based on my experience and anecdotal evidence I think it’s definitely worth a shot! In addition I would recommend adding a cup of baking soda to the luke warm bath for further anti-itch relief!!
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