If some part of your infant’s skin turns red or he suffers from rashes and blisters, you should consider reading this post. Your dear baby might be suffering from scabies.
So, what is scabies, how does it happen, how do you spot it, how do you treat it. Don’t panic just yet! Get all the answers here.
What Is Scabies?
Scabies is an itchy skin condition that occurs due to Sarcoptes scabiei or tiny burrowing mites. These mites and their burrows turn the affected area red and incredibly itchy. Scabies is a contagious condition and any physical contact with an individual suffering from scabies can lead to a spread of the infection. Medications help ease the itchy sensation considerably.
Causes Of Scabies In Infants:
An eight-legged mite is responsible for the infection. The female mite burrows and deposits eggs just beneath the skin of your infant. The egg hatches and the mite larvae travel to the surface of the skin. These larvae spread to other skin areas of the infants. The larvae trigger allergic reactions, which leads to the itchy skin condition. Some of the prominent causes of scabies on infants skin include:
- Close physical contact with individuals suffering from scabie
- Sharing clothes and bedding of scabies affected individuals (1)
[ Read: Common Skin Allergies in Babies ]
Symptoms Of Scabies In Infants:
How do you spot scabies? Well, read our list of commonly occurring symptoms, which will help you recognize whether your little one suffers from scabies:
- Reddish scratched skin that itches.
- Tiny blisters or bumps on the skin of your infants.
- Thick crusty skin.
- For infants, some common areas of infection include your neck, scalp, face, soles of feet, and palms of hands. (2)
[ Read: Tips To Keep Your Baby’s Skin Healthy ]
Diagnosing Scabies In Infants:
Doctors can quickly identify whether your infant suffers from scabies. A close examination of the mite-burrowed lesions can help accurately identify the problem. Some doctors may even scrape your infant’s skin and examine it under a microscope to check for mites, their eggs, and droppings.
Treatment Of Scabies In Infants:
In most cases of infantile scabies, doctors or dermatologists will recommend a topical lotion or cream. Here are some prominent creams that will help in scabies treatment for infants.
1. Permethrin Cream:
Apply permethrin cream on the affected area at night and rinse it off the next morning. Use the cream again in one week. Permethrin cream is highly effective for scabies in two-month-old or older infants.
2. Crotamiton Cream:
Crotamiton cream provides great relief to infants. Apply crotamiton cream once every day for two consecutive days, and rinse it off 48 hours after its last application.
3. Sulfur Ointment:
Sulfur ointment is the best remedy for infants suffering from scabies as it is quite safe to use. Apply sulfur ointment for three consecutive nights, and rinse it off 24 hours after its last application.
Apply the cream to the scalp, head, face and ears of your child. Make sure you trim his fingernails and scrape off any dirt present on the fingertips. Apply medicine or cream to the fingertips as well. Use the cream before you put your little munchkin to bed and wash it off the next morning. (3)
[ Read: Symptoms Of Hives In Babies ]
Preventing Infant Scabies:
To prevent re-infestation of scabies causing mites in your infant, follow these steps.
- Clean all clothes and linen regularly.
- Prevent your infant from coming in contact with scabies affected individuals.
- Leave outside all home items that you can’t wash.
- Ensure cleanliness of your infant and the surroundings.
[ Read: Vitiligo In Babies ]
Is your infant suffering from scabies? What did you do to cure it? Comment below and share your valuable knowledge and experience with fellow mommies here.
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