May 3, 2016

BOILS ON BABIES!

What Is A Boil?
A boil, also known as a furuncle, is a tender and red lump on your baby’s skin. It is not a serious condition, usually body’s defences fight it out with the boils. Boils usually appear on the face, neck, shoulders, thighs, armpits and buttocks. However, at times, they spread to other parts of the body causing infection.

What Causes Boils in Babies?
Boils occur when a sweat pore or hair root gets infected with bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus. Some health conditions can also increase your child’s risk of developing boils. They may be:
    Diabetes
    Problems related to the immune system
    Poor hygiene
    Poor nutrition
    Exposure to chemicals that cause skin irritation
    Eczema
    Iron deficiency or anemia
Certain medications also weaken your baby’s immunity. Therefore, it is good for you to understand the side effects of any medication you give your child.
Symptoms Of Boils On Babies:
In most cases, you may notice a hard and red lump on your baby’s skin. This will usually be less than 4cm in size. As the days progress, the boil will get softer and larger. It can also start getting more painful for your baby, making them uncomfortable. You will also notice the formation of pus on the top of the boil.
Here are some symptoms that may be present in case the boil starts getting severe:
    The skin around the area of the boil will swell more and become redder.
    More boils may appear in and around the area where the first boil came up.
    Your baby may develop a temperature or run a high fever.
    Nearby lymph nodes will get swollen.
When You Should Seek Medical Help:
Boils do not need any medical intervention, but you should take your baby to a doctor when he or she has:
    A running fever
    Swollen lymph nodes
    Red streaks around the boil
    Severe pain
    Boil that does not drain pus
    Boils spreading
if your baby has diabetes or any problem with immune system
Diagnosis And Tests:
Your baby’s doctor will have a physical examination and diagnose the problem. Infection might be spread to other parts of the body as well, a thorough check of the entire body will help address the issue.
Treatment For Boils On Babies:
Home Remedies:
Most of the boils will clear up on their own. You can also speed up the healing process by following the below home remedies and treatments.
1. Prepare A Compress:
Applying a warm compress will help the boil to open up and drain away pus. Wet a soft cloth with warm or hot water and place on the boil for a few minutes. It will help reduce the pain and drains the pus towards the surface. Repeat this a few more times in a day. Wash your hands before placing a compress.
2. Practice Good Hygiene:
Boils quickly spread because they are infectious. When you see a boil draining, you should clean the area with a piece of cotton dipped in an antiseptic solution. Wash the area, dry and cover it with plaster. It not only avoids spreading but also stops your little one from touching it. Rinse your hands using soap and dry them before and after you touch the boil.
Wash your baby with soap water or an antiseptic solution. You can even apply an antiseptic cream to the infected area. Use a separate towel for them and wash their clothing with hot water.
3. Keep A Check On The Boil:
If the boil seems to grow bigger and causes more pain or if you see other new boils popping up, you should immediately take your little one to a doctor.
4. Do Not Squeeze The Boil:
Do not try to squeeze the boil as it can affect the surrounding area, causing infection and more pain. Also, do not attempt to pop it using a needle. The infection can turn worse.
5. Honey Remedy:
Honey is the best natural antiseptic. Applying it on the ripened and drained boil will help prevent the spread of infection.
6. Porridge Remedy:
Porridge or poultice made of bread is another great remedy. Place the porridge in a cloth, soak in hot milk and keep over the boil. It helps treat inflammation and heals the boil quickly

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