Do you often see tiny red marks on your baby’s skin? Is your baby regularly affected with these red bumps Are you worried this could be a sign of some underlying condition or maybe you need to do something differently?
If you are noticing these outbreaks on your baby’s skin, it’s time to go ahead and read this article to know more about baby boils and what causes boils on babies.
What Is A Boil?
A boil is an infection that takes place in the hair follicle of your baby’s skin. It is mostly caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus(1). A boil can cause swelling and pain on your baby’s skin, especially in and around the area. This is due to all the pus and dead tissue that gets accumulated in the affected area.
What Are The Symptoms Of Boils On Babies?
In most cases, you may notice a hard and red breakout on your baby’s skin. This will usually be less than four cm in size. As the days progress, the boil will get softer and larger. It can also start getting more painf
Here are some symptoms that may be present in case the boil starts getting severe(2) :
- The skin around the area of the boil can swell more and become redder
- The area around the boil may also start turning warmer
- You may notice the appearance of more boils in and around the same area where the first boil appeared
- Your baby may develop a temperature or run a high fever
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Why Does My Baby Have Recurrent Boils?
Your baby may be affected with boils regularly, but this does not mean there is anything wrong with his immune system. Unless there is a recurring pattern with your baby’s other infections, it is very unusual your baby’s immune system is at fault. There are various bacteria and germs that live on the surface of our skin and also in our intestines. This is known as colonization. If your baby is affected with recurrent boils, it may mean that your baby is colonized with Staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria are passed very easily from person to person. It is very common that your baby keeps picking up the infection from someone in the house or close proximity (3).
How Can I Prevent Or Reduce The Occurrence Of Boils In My Baby?
Once you notice the appearance of a boils on baby skin, try doing the following to help ease your baby (4):
- Check the boil daily to see if there are any signs of infection
- Also check the area for the appearance of any new boils
- Make sure you clean the boil properly every day
- You can soak a clean cloth or towel in warm water and place it on the boil. Do this for about ten minutes or as long as your baby allows. Make sure you do not apply any pressure.
- If your baby’s boil has burst and you notice pus or any other fluid or even blood, do not panic. Take a sterilized cotton pad and soak it in warm water. Add a few drops of antiseptic liquid to the water. Now apply this to your baby’s boil and gently clean the area.
- Ask everyone else in the family to check whether they have any boils.
- Regularly clean all towels and wash your hand before and after you hold your baby.
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How Long Will A Boil Last?
In case you are not treating your baby’s boil, his body will automatically start fighting off the infection. Within a week of its appearance, the boil will start turning soft and get filled with pus. You should start noticing the boil fading within eight to ten days of its appearance (5).
A boil can be quite painful, but it will soon go away on its own. In case the boil persists for more than ten to twelve days or is always coming back, schedule an appointment with your baby’s doctor.
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Has your baby experienced boils yet? Do you have any special tips you would like to share that helped your baby? Do tell other moms all about how to treat a boil on a baby in the comments section below.
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