What Are Signs Of Scabies In Toddlers
This skin irritation is caused by tiny parasitic mites that cause the infestation by burrowing in the skin. The red and bumpy rash on the skin is the allergic reactions to the faces and the eggs that the mites leave behind. Scabies comes from a Latin word that means 'to scratch.' So if your toddler has scabies, he will scratch the itchy rash a lot.
Scabies is contagious, and a toddler can get it from someone who already has scabies. Extremely contagious, even extremely clean toddlers can catch the...
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...rash from some one else. You'll notice that scabies can show up within family members or in a day care, where some kids might have had scabies in the recent past
Symptoms of Toddler Scabies
To check for scabies in toddlers, you need to look out for the symptoms. A child who has scabies will have a very itchy rash that consists if red bumps between the fingers, and in the area of the genitals, lower abdomen, armpits, outside of the elbows, and around the wrists. This rash can be on the sides of the feet and on the kneecaps. A toddler can get the rash on his face, scalp, soles and palms too.
Look out for thin, curvy red lines - these are the places that the mites have burrowed within the skin. The child might also get pustules, water-filled blisters. If you've given your child a warm bath, you'll notice that the itching is most intense during this period and the child may be unable to sleep because of the severe itching. Scabs might form over the itchy and scratched areas on the skin and there might be chances of bacterial infection.
Scabies and itching: Scabies can cause severe itching because the mites burrow under the skin and deposit faeces and eggs. This triggers off an allergic reaction that causes an intolerable itching.
Treatment for Toddler Scabies
You should take your child to the doctor immediately if she has a type of rash that you cannot identify. The physician will be able to identify the rash and treat her quickly.
To test the rash, the doctor might scrape off a tiny amount of the skin and examine it under the microscope. If this is scabies, the mites and eggs will be visible when magnified. The physician will prescribe a topical medication that you will be required to cover your child's body with. It's advisable to apply the ointment on areas that still haven't been infected. It will take a few weeks for the rash to clear up.