Can I do anything to make sure my baby doesn’t get ringworm again?

It's hard to completely protect your baby from ringworm, but there are a few things you can do to minimize his chances: Help him avoid excessive sweating (by not overdressing him, for example). If he's walking, have him wear sandals at pool areas and in locker rooms. Don't let others (like siblings) share towels, hairbrushes, pillows, clothing, or similar items with your baby. Check pets to make sure that they don't have any scaly, hairless patches. If they do, take them to the veterinarian for treatment. (...

How should I treat ringworm?

For any unusual rash on your baby, start by talking with his doctor. For ringworm on the body, she'll probably suggest an over-the-counter antifungal cream. You'll need to apply it twice a day, covering an area about an inch beyond the rash. It usually takes about three to four weeks to get rid of ringworm, and you'll continue to use the cream for a week after the rash is gone. (Some children are sensitive to these creams, so try using just a little bit at first to see how your baby's skin reacts. Consult y...

How did my baby get ringworm?

Chances are your baby got ringworm. Probably from contact with an infected person or pet. The fungus can also be caught from infected towels, hairbrushes, combs, hats, and other clothing. If he's walking, he could also have picked it up on his feet from toddling around barefoot in an infected locker room or pool area. Experts think there's some genetic tendency for catching ringworm. And excess sweating seems to increase the chances, too, as it the condition thrives best in humid climates.

What are the ringworm symptoms?

If your baby has ringworm on his body, he'll have one or more scaly patches, probably between the size of a dime and a quarter. While the patches don't always start out round, by the time they're about half an inch across, they usually form a scaly ring around a smooth center. As the fungus grows, the ring gets larger, but it usually stops growing by the time it's about an inch in diameter. The rash can be dry or moist, and it can appear almost anywhere on the body. When the fungus affects the scalp, the ra...

What is ringworm ?

Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection of the skin. It can be itchy and unpleasant, but it's not painful or dangerous. When the fungus affects the scalp, the condition is called tinea capitis, and when it affects the body it's tinea corporis. (By the way, athlete's foot is tinea pedis, and jock itch is tinea cruris — all are caused by fungi.) Ringworm shows up most commonly often in children over the age of 2age 2 and older , but it's possible for babies and adults to get it too.