If the boil on baby get worse and no pus drains, you may take your little one to a doctor for a medical treatment including:
Your child’s doctor may suggest you to apply an anti-infective cream to the boil.
If there are many painful and large boils, the doctor may recommend antibiotics.
It is always important to finish the entire medical course as prescribed by the doctor even if the boils disappear.
If antibiotics do not work, the next treatment will be an incision and draining the pus.
2. Incision & Drainage:
It is a surgical treatment that is performed by giving anesthesia.
The surgeon will pierce the boil to take away the pus. Then he places a sterile dressing over the cut to absorb the excess discharge.
He may give an antibiotic through an intravenous drip.
Once the surgery is done, you may take your baby home.
The dressing needs to be frequently changed and remember it has to be kept dry all the time.
Treatment For Boils On The Baby’s Scalp:
Babies develop boils on scalp due to various reasons. For treating those boils:
Disinfect the area by rubbing alcohol, which is completely harmless to the baby’s skin. Sometimes, this alone helps to get rid of boils that may have been caused by a simple infection.
If there are multiple boils on the scalp, it can be because of heat and weather. In this case, apply coconut oil on them which has cooling and moisturizing properties. It effectively removes heat boils in babies.
Are Your Baby’s Boils Contagious?
Pus boils are contagious. They spread to other body parts or even to others. To avoid infection, you should:
Regularly wash your hands when you play with your baby.
Wash your baby’s washcloths, towels and bed linen with hot water.
Change the dressing frequently and throw it off to avoid spreading.
When the boil bursts, make sure that the pus will not touch any other body parts.
What If My Baby Keeps Getting Boils (Recurrent Boils)?
Reasons For Recurrent Boils:
Reasons For Recurrent Boils:
Your baby may be affected with boils regularly, but this does not mean there is something wrong with his immune system. There is nothing to worry unless there is a recurring pattern with your baby’s other infections. Various bacteria and germs live on the surface of our skin and 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 quickly from person to person. It is very common that your baby keeps picking up the infection from someone in the house or the proximity.
Prevention Or Reduction Of Boils On Your Baby:
Once you notice the appearance of boils on the baby’s skin, try doing the following to help ease them:
Check the boil daily to see if there are any signs of infection.
Verify the area for the appearance of any new boils.
Make sure you clean the boil properly every day.
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 child’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 clean the area gently.
Ask everyone else in the family to check whether they have boils.
Wash the towels and your hands regularly before and after you hold your baby.
How Long Will A Boil Last?
In case you are not treating your baby’s boil, their body will automatically start fighting the infection. Within a week of its appearance, the boil will start turning soft and get filled with pus. You should check if the boil is fading within eight to ten days of its appearance.
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.
Complications On Your Baby From Boils:
Pus boils will not lead to any complications. But sometimes scarring occurs if the boil is popped. If the boil enlarges, it can turn into cellulite. It is when the infection passes into the deeper layers of the skin and can be treated using antibiotics.