How can I prevent my baby from spreading the infection to others?

If your baby's impetigo isn't treated, he may be contagious for several weeks. Once he begins antibiotic treatment and the rash starts to clear (usually after 24 hours), he's no longer contagious. In the meantime, keep your baby out of daycare and other close-contact situations. Be vigilant about hygiene: Wash your baby's clothes, sheets, and towels every day and prevent friends and family members from sharing soap, towels, hairbrushes, or other personal items with your baby. Wear gloves when you apply his ...

How is impetigo treated?

If the infection is very mild, your baby's doctor may recommend that you simply keep the area clean and let it clear up on its own. More likely, though, your baby will need antibiotics to get rid of the infection. He must take the full course of medication to keep the infection from returning. Instead of oral antibiotics, your baby's doctor may prescribe an antibiotic skin cream to clear up the rash. Whether or not your baby receives antibiotics, you'll need to keep the infected skin clean. Twice a day, gen...

How did my baby get impetigo?

Pretty easily — impetigo is very contagious. Your baby may have picked up the bacteria by touching an infected child or some object that the child touched, like a toy or a towel. Or he may have already had the bacteria on the surface of his skin and then gotten a cut, allowing the bacteria to enter and cause an infection. In addition to cuts and scrapes, the bacteria can invade the skin through cold sores, eczema, an insect bite, or other areas where your child's skin is damaged or sensitive. He may get it ...

What are the symptoms of impetigo?

There are different kinds of impetigo, with different symptoms, but it usually shows up as a cluster of little red blisters that ooze, burst, and spread. Depending on the bacteria involved, however, the blisters may be larger and more resilient. The skin around the blisters may be red. Your baby's lymph nodes might become swollen in the area of the infection. Most often the blistering appears around the nose and mouth, but you might also see it on your baby's arms, legs, or other areas. Multiple patches are...

What is impetigo?

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that happens when staph or strep bacteria enter the skin — through a cut or scrape, for example. It's most common among children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. Impetigo usually isn't dangerous, but it can be itchy and ugly. And complications — like more serious skin infections, scarring, and kidney inflammation — are possible, so it's important to treat impetigo promptly.

What are the symptoms for scabies?

If your baby gets scabies, he'll develop a severely itchy rash of scattered red bumps, usually between the fingers, around the wrists, and on the outside of the elbows, armpits, lower abdomen, and genitals. It may also show up on the kneecaps and the sides of the feet. Older children and adults don't tend to get the rash on their palms, soles, scalp, or face, but your baby might. You may see curvy or razor-thin red lines where the mites have burrowed under the skin. Your baby may also develop little pustule...