How to deal with facial sores in children

A child with a facial sore can be distressing, but most cases would only require simple treatments. The only challenge is preventing the child from worsening the condition of the sore through scratching or touching. In case there are other symptoms that accompany the facial sores such as rash, fever or lethargy, a doctor must be consulted as soon as possible since it might indicate a medical issue that requires attention.

Minor burns

Minor burns such as first-degree burns can occur on the face of a child. You can manage small, minor facial burns using cool water or apply a cold compress for 15 minutes to lessen the pain. Wrap the cooled facial sores using light, sterile gauze to keep the air from the wound. In case the child sustained a serious burn, bring him/her to the emergency department right away. To learn to recognize and manage injuries such as minor burns, register for a first aid class today.

Facial sores

Minor burns such as first-degree burns can occur on the face of a child. You can manage small, minor facial burns using cool water or apply a cold compress for 15 minutes to lessen the pain.

Herpes simplex

The herpes simplex virus or commonly called as cold sores develop close to the mouth usually affect children. Since children often touch their faces, it can spread the infection. The facial sores typically develop as red-colored spots around the mouth and oftentimes in the nose. Over time, the facial sores can end up blistered and sore. These facial sores rarely persist for more than 2 weeks. Topical creams that contain acyclovir can be used on the sores. Nevertheless, it is best to consult a doctor if the facial sores persist.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial infection that often occurs in children. The causative bacteria thrive in the skin but can cause infection when a bite, scratch or burn breaks the skin. Facial sores develop as red-colored marks but they start to blister, weep pus and develop a hardened scab crust. It is important to wash the face using an antibacterial soap to control the infection and prevent it from spreading. In some cases, the doctor might prescribe a stronger type of antibiotic if the sores persist. The condition typically clears up after some time and does not leave any lasting damage.

Chickenpox

It is important to note that chickenpox is quite common among children. The condition occurs as a rash with elevated red-colored bumps that might turn into facial sores. Remember that this skin condition can cause intolerable itchiness. Children with chickenpox often worsen the sores by scratching them.

You have to encourage the child to avoid scratching. Lotions such as calamine can soothe the itchiness. On the other hand, consulting a doctor for proper diagnosis is required so that prescribed medications can be given. In addition, trim the fingernails of the child to prevent any serious issue in case they scratch their face.

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