Toddlerhood is perhaps the most exhausting time for parents. The toddler is into all sorts of mischief and if taking care of that wasn't enough, children of this age are also susceptible to all kinds of infections and allergies. In fact, it will be rare to meet a parent who didn't have to deal with some allergy or blister on their toddler.
It is very common for a child to get a blister, either because of some allergy...
...or infection or in the form of a heat boil, the job for the parent though, is to determine what caused the blister and how to treat it. Now the common ones like an allergy blister or sunburn blister can be dealt with using home remedies. Even so, if you spot a blister the sensible thing is to consult your GP.
This is because there are other kinds of blisters which necessitate medication, sometimes anti-biotic. There are some blisters, which are yellow and crusty in nature. These are called impetigo or school sores. This is a highly contagious infection and is most commonly visible on the face. There are also blisters which are centered in the lips or inside the mouth. This is called herpes simplex virus, more commonly referred to as cold sores.
Apart from these are blisters that appear all over the body. These blisters crust even as new ones appear all over the body and are a sign of chicken pox. The above mentioned three types of blisters are all extremely contagious.
Since the presence of all three blisters on toddlers is contagious, the first step is to isolate the child, so as to not spread the condition to the other members of the house. Secondly, all your toddler’s toys, clothes, bed linen, towels need to be sterilized and lastly, these are extremely itchy and painful blisters, so you need to ensure your toddler is as comfortable as possible.
Also, these blisters will need antibiotic treatment, so that could be an uphill struggle with your toddler as well. In the case of herpes or cold sores, it is quite likely that your toddler will run a fever as well, so the first thing to do is treat the fever, give your child cold compress to bring the temperature down. You can also apply ice packs or use a damp washcloth and dab it on the sores. This helps bring down the pain and swelling.
Ice packs actually help with impetigo as well. In the case of impetigo as well as herpes, it will take a week to ten days before the infection clears and until then you will have to keep your child as comfortable as possible and keep him entertained while wearing protective masks yourself. It is also important to wash your hands regularly, more so after you've tended to your child's blisters. While this may be difficult, now would be a bad time, to cuddle or kiss your child. As far as chicken pox goes, it has a certain cycle to it, and as long as the medicine prescribed by the doctor is administered correctly, it will be cured in a week or two.
In fact, the same is true for the other two infections as well. But the most important task as a parent though is to be tolerant and patient as your toddler will need you at your calmest best