Ringworm can affect anyone. However, it is most common amongst children and infants. It is an infectious skin disease. Despite its name, ringworm has not anything to do with the worms. The name was given since this infection takes the shape of rings when it occurs in the skin and resembles the round-shaped worms under the skin surface. In fact, a kind of fungi named dermatophytes causes ringworm in children and babies. This infection is known as tinea corporis in Latin. Although there are many types of tinea infections, tinea corporis that is an infection of the skin and tinea capitis that is ringworm of the scalp are extremely common in the infants.
The ringworm in babies can occur due to several reasons
- First of all, if your baby comes into direct contact with any other infected person, then your child may contract the infection.
- Suppose, a person is scratching his or her rash, and if, by any chance, your infants come in contact with his or her hand, then it is likely that your baby gets the infection.
- The items that are used by the infected person, like the towels, bedding or clothing, should be avoided.
- In addition to these, pets, puppies, and kittens may transmit this infection to the body of your child.
How will you know that your baby has ringworm?
It’s simple to diagnose.
There are symptoms like reddish, round lesions that are slightly raised on the face or the limbs or the trunk of the infants. These lesions usually appear having a border of blisters, tiny scales or bumps. The babies will have itching where the infection has occurred, and the skin will have a burnt or scaly look, sometimes fissuring of the skin can be seen as well. However, the skin in between the lesions as well as at the center of lesions remains unaffected generally. These can differ in size from a dime up to more than a few inches across.
- If your baby gets the tinea corporis infection, don’t be too concerned since they can be cured with proper treatments. Read more on how to treat ringworm in babies.
- In most of the cases, the infants need about two weeks to get rid of these skin infections.
- If you see the symptoms on the skin surface, instead of applying any over-the-counter cream to the rashes, take your baby to the pediatrician so that he or she can immediately prescribe the right medicine for your child.
- In case, the rashes don’t disappear in 2 weeks; then your baby may need three to four-week course of oral anti-fungal medication.
- From time to time, your baby may need the medicated shampoo, but your doctor will tell you the best seeing the seriousness of the infected areas.
- Ringworm can cause a secondary infection sometimes, and in such cases, you should give antibiotics to the baby following the pediatrician’s advice.
- Above all, you should keep your baby and his or her related everything clean.