School sores...

De-anne - posted on 02/01/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Has anyone dealt with school sores before? My 9 year old has one on her face. We thought was a cold sore and turns out to be a school sore. I have never had them before, so this is new. We have anitbiotics and cream. We can't cover it due to where it is and the size (it isn't huge). Just wanted some feddback from mum's who may have dealt wtih it before. How did you go? Also known as "Impetigo".

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Krissy - posted on 02/14/2011

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work with her on keeping her hands out of her face and keep encouraging she take the initiative to wash her hands.

Yes, sometimes it's caused by children not being clean enough, but a cleaner child can catch it from another.

We had a neighbor once, when we were living in a rough part of town. Her baby was always covered with it around her mouth/nose/hands... poor thing. She didn't abuse her, she just was a really young mom with two kids and rarely kept up on anything.

Anyway, my kids never caught it once, thankfully... but I saw other neighbor kids popping up with it once in a while.

Extra baths, extra hand sanitizing, and when they happened to wander to our yard to play, extra toy sanitation!!! It really helped to keep them clean!!!

User - posted on 02/02/2011

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Aha! That's kind of what I thought, just wanted to be sure! My boys both had it, and it was a nightmare! Now, that's not usually the case, but my younger son ended up with a horrid staph infection as well that covered 30% of his body in less an 24 hours!

Impetigo, while it looks bad and it stigmatized in the way Warts used to be, it's very normal and usually clears up with no scarring. It is difficult on the face, but if at all possible, bandage it to protect your daughter from infection or spreading. Maybe a flexible bandage that you could cut to fit? Or an ointment that acts as a barrier? Neosporin or the like-but I'd check with the doc first. I know you posted yesterday: has there been any change? How's she feeling?

De-anne - posted on 02/02/2011

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Hi Megan, sorry, they do have another name (didn't think to put it in). It is also known as Impetigo. They are like cold sores.

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De-anne - posted on 04/10/2011

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All the best Melanie. We are well and truly over them and have not had them back. T.C.

Melanie - posted on 04/10/2011

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YES!!!! I have JUST dealt with them with my 23 month old son!! He goes to day care 3 days a week and he was the only one with them.
I first noticed a scab like sore on his knee. Then eventually over a few days more and more of these scabs started appearing on his fingers and face. I took him to the Dr and was told it was school sores and they are HIGHLY contagious. I started to worry because I also have a 5 month old. So far she hasnt got them. My partner and I spent the weekend cleaning the house from top to bottom, including all the kids toys to lessen the chance of the baby getting them and us too.
Keep up with the antibiotics and the cream and they will go in less than a week. I have to admit that it was nearly two weeks after the first sore appeared before I took my son to the Dr, as he is proned to falling down and I thought he had fallend and scraped his knee.

De-anne - posted on 02/14/2011

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Thank you Krissy. She had a bath in Pinetasol. I am a touch face, wash hands mum at present. Touch other parts and you wash hands. I have had experiences with head lice and this is different. I hope other mums never get to experinece it. Thanx for the replies :)

De-anne - posted on 02/13/2011

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Megan, we had the all clear from the doctor and all was good. She came back a few days later to show me 3 more that had come up! They were elsewhere on the body. I was happy the others had gone away. We have those ones (new ones) treated and covered and ones that may look like them, the same. She hasn't had a good couple of weeks. I am grateful no one else in the household, especially my 17 month old, has gotten them. Either she got re-infected by someone else or still had a bit of the bug in her. I am hoping and praying these go away and no more trouble. Just thought I would keep you posted.

De-anne - posted on 02/02/2011

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Had trouble posting earlier.
Sorry, what I meant was when kids are sick and they start to get better and they start annoying the parents. Well the mums and you just want them to go back to school. I am a stay-at-home mum. My hubby works. I have a 16 month old daughter too. Her sores seem to be getting better and I am happy. Now to continue with my day. It is 9:07am. We have had more rain. Don't need any more. Been awake since before 6 and was in bed after midnight, I was keeping a check on the cyclone reports.
11:12am now.

User - posted on 02/02/2011

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When you say 'they' get annoying, do you mean the spots or the kids? ;-) j/k
Glad to hear she's doing better!
It is a bit frustrating, esp if you are a working parent or have smaller children at home, but I just keep telling myself that all these childhood illnesses will work to strengthen their immune systems in the long run.
Take care, De-anne!

De-anne - posted on 02/02/2011

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Thank you for your concern. She is much better. She doesn't have a real bad case. A few spots have started coming up. We have special cream and she is using it 3x a day along with the antibiotic. I have kept her home from school as she had to at frist and then decided for the whole week since she has to go back to the dr on Friday. Kids need an education and you send them to school. They pick up bugs, get sick and you also have the head lice problems too. She finished her school work in one afternoon. The teacher will be surprised. She is in the getting better stage when they start to get annoying. Be glad when she goes back on Monday. Week 1 at school, week 2 away, week 3 back. The life of a parent. I love being a parent. I guess you do too. Not good your boys got it bad. Thanx for posting.

User - posted on 02/02/2011

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Not sure if knowledgeable parents just haven't read this yet or if maybe they ( like me) are unfamiliar with this term? Do they go by any other name?

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