Warts – the word conjures up images of toads and slimy frogs! But warts on babies? Now that is a scary thought!
No matter how surreal the prospect of warts on your beautiful baby sound, it is a real possibility. Skin warts are extremely common among babies and children!
Don’t panic! With the right treatment, warts can be taken care of easily.
But before you go looking for treatment options for warts in babies, learn more about them, right here!
[ Read: Skin Care For Babies ]
Some Facts About Warts:
Here are some interesting facts you should be aware of:
- Girls get more warts than boys.
- Children between the ages of 12 and 16 are more likely to get warts.
- Though contagious, warts are otherwise harmless.
The good news is that warts in infants are rare. But as your baby grows, the chances of warts also go up.
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What Causes Warts In Babies:
Virus – the nemesis of the human race, is also the culprit behind warts! The human papillomavirus or HPV is the major cause of warts in people of all ages. The virus attacks the skin and causes rapid growth of cells in the outer skin layer, resulting in the growth of warts.
Types Of Warts:
Here are the common types of skin warts you may have to deal with:
- Common Warts: These occur on the fingers and the backs of the hands, these are the most common warts that can afflict your baby.
- Palmer Warts: These warts make an appearance on the palms.
- Plantar Warts: If the warts grow on the feet, especially the soles, they are called plantar warts.
- Flat Warts: Unlike other warts on this list, Flat warts are smaller and smoother. And they come in clusters! As many as 20 to 100 flat warts can show up at a time. These warts typically appear on the face.
- Filiform Warts: Ever seen a witch in one of those amazing Disney movies? Noticed the warts on their chins or noses? That’s exactly how Filiform warts look!
There is another kind of warts, Genital warts, which do not normally affect babies.
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Treating Warts In Babies:
Warts is not a medical issue that warrants trips to the hospital. It is perfectly okay if you do nothing to treat the warts. Most of them resolve with time in any case. But if your baby is uncomfortable, you may opt for the treatment options mentioned here:
1. The Duct Tape Method:
Do you have some duct tape at home? Dig it out and use it to remove the warts on baby skin. Just place the tape over the wart and leave for about six days. Then remove the tape, wash the wart and debride it. Repeat the process until the wart is gone for good. The whole thing may take a month or two.
2. OTC Wart Removers:
If using a duct tape sound like too much work, try the following over the counter wart removers:
- Salicylic Acid: You can try adhesive pads or solutions that contain salicylic acid. All you’ll need to do is clean the wart area and apply the solution. You can simply remove the dead skin with a pumice stone later! But it is also a time-consuming method and may take as much as 12 weeks!
- Propane Or Freon: You can also give solutions with propane or Freon a try. These products “freeze” the warts. The best thing is that you can get rid of the wart quickly with this method.
If you have decided to use OTC medicine, remember never to use them on your baby’s face or lips!
What If These Treatments Don’t Work?
Head to the doctor! Sometimes, the warts may require more than just OTC medication or home remedies. Let your doctor do his magic! He can use a number of methods to remove the warts, including:
1. Liquid Nitrogen:
Your doctor may use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart to remove it more effectively.
2. Salicylic Acid:
No, it is not the same thing as OTC salicylic acid solutions! Your doctor may prescribe a heavy-duty salicylic acid to get rid of the warts.
3. Laser Treatment:
Sometimes, a dermatologist may come into the picture and suggest a laser treatment to destroy the warts afflicting your baby.
Apart from the options mentioned above, your doctor may also tweak your baby’s immune system a little to help it fight the warts. Medications like Tagamet, Candida skin test antigen, squaric acid, etc. can boost your baby’s immune system and treat the warts.
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Preventing Baby Warts:
The best way to prevent warts in your baby is to maintain proper hygiene. If somebody in the family has warts, tell them to touch your baby only when they are clean. Also, make sure that your baby uses a separate towel.
There is no sure shot way to prevent warts. Just like some babies are more prone to colds, some babies are just more likely to get warts.
Warts may look nasty but are not a serious health condition! So, relax and let nature take its course!
Do you know of any home remedy to remove baby warts? Share with us!
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