There are many skin conditions that can affect babies. One of them is ringworm and judging by the name, you’ve probably conjured up some thoughts about a worm that actually crawls under your baby’s sensitive skin.
Actually, it is not like that. Ringworm is actually a type of rash that may look like a worm has just curled underneath your baby’s skin, hence the name. Although it is not an actual worm, it is caused by a fungal infection known as dermatophytosis or tinea. Parents get quite alarmed when they spot a ringworm rash on their baby’s skin, but it is actually quite treatable.
Rashes are quite common in babies. In fact, diaper rash is quite common in the said area because of the presence of moisture and some fungi. However, ringworm can actually cause rashes in other parts of the body.
Some of its known symptoms include:
- Persistent scratching of the skin due to itchiness
- Irritated or inflamed skin
Frequent crying due to the above-mentioned symptoms
- Changes of behavior as a result of the above-mentioned symptoms.
You’ve probably heard of Athlete’s foot as well. The said condition is a type of ringworm that affects the feet, which may include the toenails, the toes, and even the soles of the feet.
Although babies can be afflicted with Athlete’s foot, it is actually quite rare for them to contract the said condition. However, you still need to know about its symptoms which include dry and peeling skin, nail loss, swelling, blisters, and even some changes in the nails.
Ringworm is highly contagious and can be caused by a certain fungal infection. That being said, your baby can get this by coming into contact with an animal or a human that is affected by the said condition.
Babies and young children are actually prone to getting Ringworm simply because they typically come into contact with a lot of people or animals. Some people do not have high regard for proper hygiene which could be a problem if they come in contact with your baby.
Even though Ringworm can be a common skin condition that can affect your baby, it is one of the most treatable conditions out there.
In fact, you can buy over-the-counter treatments such as getting an antifungal cream with either miconazole, clotrimazole, or ketoconazole as its active ingredients. These creams do not need any prescription at all, but you have to make sure that you follow the instructions to the tee to avoid any unwanted side effects.
Prevention is better than cure, they say, but that actually quite hard to do. Unless you’re okay with instructing your friends and family to always clean their hands before touching your baby, you’re going to have a hard time preventing it 100%. Still, the condition is highly-treatable anyway.