My 4 year old has warts

Caroline - posted on 02/15/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has warts on his arms and tummy and the dr says he will not remove them unless they get infected and that the infection will leave his body. However this could take 4 or more years. My son has now started to pick them and doesn't want to wear any short sleved tops. I have always played them down but he is now saying they are horridble and he doesnt like them. Any ideas what I can do? Can I get rid of them? Any advice please x

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Cynthia - posted on 02/15/2009

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Are these molluscum warts or has the Dr. told you?  My 4 year old son also had warts on his stomach and shoulder.  He also picked at them and wouldn't leave them alone.  He actually got one infected and they put him on antibiotics but did not remove the wart.  The one thing that seemed to work for us was putting lotion on them.  Eucerin lotion or any moisture intense lotion will work best.  Put it on him 2-3 times each day. If the skin gets dry, the warts irritate them more.  Keep him in long sleeve tops because then he won't see them and won't mess with them.  It will still take a while to go away, but I don't see it taking 4 years.  Some people will tell you to swab them with vinegar and put vinegar in the bath.  DON'T DO THIS.  This is what caused my son's warts to become infected.  Good luck!

Molly - posted on 02/15/2009

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My cousin had warts on his knuckles and all the meds and things that were supposed to help get rid of them, didn't. I am unsure of what kind of warts your child has but what worked for him was to put duct tape on them. Something in the adhesive or the chemical make up of the tape broke the wart down and made his skin soft and smooth. If they are the type of warts people get on their hands, try that. You could even make it fun depending on his age. Tell him they are his super hero stripes or he could tell kids he got in a dirt bike accident and it's holding his cuts shut if he's afraid of being embarassed. Hope this helps!

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Caroline - posted on 02/15/2009

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Thank you cynthia I will have a go, I just hate seeing him upset with them. The dr didn't tell us what type they are. We actually got rid of them when I kept a few covered with plasters but they came back. Will have a go at moiturising them thanks again x

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