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Skin problems in toddlers


From impetigo in children to warts and itchy skin

Take a look at our guide to the most common skin problems in toddlers:

Impetigo in children

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection which can affect toddlers. It is itchy and very infectious and can easily spread through a nursery or play group or family.

It begins with small blisters or pus-filled sores, often affecting the face around the nose and mouth.

Yellow crusts occur which are a sure sign of the infection. Sometimes skin lesions occur on other parts of the body too.

Healing usually starts from the centre and leaves temporary rings of red skin. See your doctor if you suspect impetigo as treatment with antibiotic cream or antibiotics by mouth will usually be necessary.

Do not attempt to pick the crusts off, be careful to wash hands thoroughly after touching an infected area and keep the child’s towels and face cloth separate because impetigo spreads very easily.

Your child should stay away from other children and not return to nursery or playgroup until either they have been on treatment for at least 48 hours, or the skin lesions have dried up.


Is not due to a worm at all but a fungus and in childhood it is often caught from an animal.

It is most likely to affect the scalp and little patches of hair may come out leaving a sore area. Your doctor can prescribe a medicine to clear it up.

Additionally, make sure that if you have a pet you take it to the vet so that it, too, can be treated.

Molluscum contagiosum

Sounds like something out of a Harry Potter book, but these are little whitish, yellow pearl-like spots up to about half an inch across but usually much smaller.

They may occur singly or in clusters and are often mistaken for warts.

They are caused by a virus and usually go away within a few weeks or months and do not usually need to be treated, but if treatment is required it involved freezing or the application of a drop of acid.

Warts and verrucas

Warts are raised growths caused by a virus and are quite harmless. They can occur in younger children, usually on the hands, but are rare in babies.

Over-the-counter treatments are available from the chemist for both warts and verrucas. Most warts disappear within two years, but if they do persist or grow very large they can be removed by your doctor or your doctor will refer you to your local hospital for them to be frozen away.

Veruccas are a type of wart that affects the soles of the feet and toes. They can be treated at home by using a lotion or by freezing, but if left untreated they will eventually disappear naturally.

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