What are the Causes, Precautions and Treatment For Toddler Blisters on Hands

Blisters are not uncommon in toddlers. The possible causes of blisters on your toddler’s hand are:
  • One of the prime causes of hand blisters in toddlers are burn injuries that may occur due to hot bath water or by touching some hot object like a hot iron or oven.

    Kitchen accidents are also a common cause of burn injuries in toddlers.
  • Exposure to a fireplace for a prolonged period can also cause blisters.


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A toddler’s skin is extremely delicate and cannot stand long exposure to excessive heat.
  • Hand blisters in toddlers can be due to hand foot and mouth disease, which is a viral ailment and goes off on its own after a certain time period.
  • Sometimes, hand blisters may appear due to sunburn if your toddler is exposed to the scorching sun for a long time.

Precautions for Blisters on Toddler's Hands

You are recommended to take the following precautions so as to prevent your toddler from getting hand blisters:

  • Before placing your toddler in the bath tub, ensure that the water is warm and not very hot. It is important to always check the temperature of the bath water in advance. It should not be more than 105 °F. You may also check the temperature by immersing your elbow in the water.
  • Do not allow your toddler to play near the fireplace.
  • Keep your toddler away from hot appliances and unplug them when not in use.
  • Do not allow your toddler in the kitchen while preparing or serving hot meals. Keep hot food and hot vessels out of your toddler’s reach.

    Do not use a large table cloth that hangs over or he (or she) may pull it and spill hot food.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun for a long period. If you need to take him out in the sun, apply a good sun screen lotion on the exposed parts of his skin.
  • If blisters appear on the hand, foot and mouth, then it is probably a viral disease. In that case, don’t allow other kids to come in contact with the infected child as the disease is highly contagious. Though it is not dangerous in nature, you should immediately consult your pediatrician.

Treatment for Blisters on Toddler's Hands

You can take the following steps to soothe and heal the ailment:

  • Keep the sores caused by ruptured blisters clean and dry and gently apply antiseptic ointment three to four times a day.
  • Give antibiotic and pain reliving syrups to your toddler as advised by your doctor.
  • Do not allow your toddler to touch or scratch the blisters.
  • Use a cold compress to soothe the inflamed area.
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