As warmer climates are upon us, many families venture into the outdoors to spend more time in the sun and enjoying fun summer activities. If you have small children who will be playing in the outdoors more frequently this summer, it is important to become familiar with the health risks that may arise including those associated with insect bites.
Insect bites, on children, are typically not a severe health complication and can often be prevented with routine spray bug repellant or treated with a soothing lotion to preventing itching and burning. For some children, however, there is a risk for developing more complex complications associated with inset bites especially when the complication involves the presence of a staph infection and the development of a secondary impetigo skin disorder.
For children who are exposed to insect bites when in the outdoors, it is important to understand what the signs and symptoms of impetigo and staph infection may be. In small children, the insect bites will present with typical signs of burning, redness and itching. But, when staph infection is of concern, those insect bites may quickly become crusted skin lesions and spread of the infection can easily be achieved by scratching the area and then scratching other areas of skin.
To mitigate the complication of a staph infection and associated impetigo skin disorder in your child, it is important to seek out medical attention. Your child’s pediatrician will typically prescribe medications to fight the staph infection and then provide topical medications to control the spread of the skin disorder, known as impetigo. Because hygiene plays a major role in the development of this type of infection, you will want to be sure that you avoid unclean areas as much as possible and practice good hygiene before your child gets the infection, when your child has the infection, and continue to practice good hygiene after the infection is resolved.
While not all cases of staph infection and impetigo are related to hygiene complications, the lack of good hygiene, coupled with excessive insect bites, can lead to adverse outcomes in children. By keeping a clean home and providing your child with clean clothes and regular bathes, you are mitigating the risk for this type of infection. Be sure to also use insect repellant this summer when you child plays outdoors to further offset the risk for insect bites that can lead to impetigo skin infections.
Sources: 21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Impetigo, by PM Medical Health News