Mumsnet has not checked the qualifications, experience, or professional qualifications of anyone posting on Mumsnet Talk and cannot be held responsible for any advice given on the site. If you have any serious medical concerns about your child, we would urge you to consult your GP.
molluscum contagiosum children(208 Posts)
Hello, I am new to this so apologies if I get this wrong!
Our D has had this for around 18 months now. They are spreading to her face which is making me become impatient with them going naturally.
I tried Collodial Silver spray twice a day for a month.... It didn't get rid of any although it seemed not to spread either.
I then tried pure Tea Tree Oil, dipped on a cotton bud & applied to each spot using a new cotton bud every time twice a day. This seemed to burn the skin and again no change.
We are now using Hydrocortisone Cream prescribed by our Doctor twice a day. We are now on day 5 and if anything they are bigger!
I wouldn't mind too much if only on her body but to be on her face is just heart breaking.
Forgive me as I know their are parents with children who have life threatening illnesses, but I was just wondering if someone could help guide me on what they might look like when they start to go....
Do they get larger perhaps?
Or give guidance on how or what might help speed up the process. Thank you x
Has anyones DC had mollescum twice? Ds gave it to Dd. His eventually went about 18months ago. She still has it. To my.horror I have spotted what looks like two tiny mollescum on his face :-(
For some reason I didn't think you could get it twice but looks like I am wrong. Arghhhhhhhbh
My DS had thus a couple of years ago, just a few on his back that came up huge and just sat there for weeks. I soaked little cotton wool balls in organic cider vinegar, taped them onto the lump with micro pore tape and left for 24 hours. That seemed to bring them to a head and gentle pressure with cotton wool got rid of the core. I then dabbed on antiseptic cream and covered with a plaster for a couple of days. It took about 4 weeks to zap them all (just did one or two at a time with a few days inbetween, he probably only had a dozen or so), they didn't scar and didn't reoccur.
I don’t normally write on forums but I spent ages reading through everyone else’s experiences about MC that I felt I had to advise what we did – SUCCESSFULLY!
Our daughter started with two spots behind her knee in September last year, we left them as thought they were skin tags or something but then a few more appeared. We googled it and found it was MC and read not to touch, pick etc as they’ll go on their own accord. Long story short, she ended up with approx. 30 and with her starting school this year, didn’t want her being conscious. As it was whenever we went swimming she’s say “look at my spots” which isn’t great - we know what they are but not everyone does! I then noticed my son had one behind his knee. I took her to the docs just to see if they would do anything but they said again, to leave and advised using E45 cream which does absolutely nothing by the way!
Anyway about 4 weeks ago I was on here and tried the tea tree oil as a few said that worked. It didn’t really do anything for us, just made her skin dry. Then after someone said they picked them a few at a time, we decided to pick 4 of them to see how they cleared up. Obviously it hurt her and they bled a lot but the white lump inside was gone leaving the skin to heal as normal and she forgot about it all after a biscuit!
A week later I decided to get them all – there was no way she would let us get a few at a time so thought to just get it done. Gave her a bath to soften the skin a bit and then used a flannel to rub them a bit hoping that would be enough but she said it was hurting. I scratched a couple off in the bath but because she had so many I couldn’t see which one’s I’d already got so had to get her out. She was crying pretty hysterically and I felt the worst mother in the world.
At first I thought I’d made a right mess of her leg and she’d scar as it was red and she had little red dots where the spots had been but we put on a load of Savlon on and a plaster. We went and got her a magazine and some treats for being brave and all was forgotten.
We took the plaster off the next day and over the last two weeks we have alternated between Savlon and E45 cream – the Savlon heals things so quickly but can dry the skin out so we used E45. This can sting though so we made sure we only put that on when the skin wasn’t broken.
With the weather being nice and her able to get a bit of air and sunshine to her legs, they have completely gone. She had one left just below her bottom but we got that the other day without any drama. Remember to wash your hands if you do pick them!
In hindsight I wish we had picked the two when they first appeared as they were small and wouldn’t have been too painful to remove. When we picked them all off, some of them were so big and often two were next to eachother it was a lot of skin to pierce, hence was painful to our daughter. I did feel awful but I stand by the fact we’ve done the right thing – we go on holiday in June and now she won’t get stared at because she’s got these weird spots on the back of her leg.
Hope this helps!
Well, over here we have had the two biggest ones erupt (and they were huge in my eyes!) however the one which got infected on her face is still a big red spot, was given fucidin which didn't make a difference, GP has now prescribed a 1% steroid cream.
Hi everyone. Just to update you... Finally my elder dds spots have all gone. It took over two years and I think it was really just a mixture of time and popping them when she was asleep. The younger one has been clear for a good few months now. Good luck to everyone - I hope you all manage to beat them soon!
Hi all, just like to add our experience, it may help some of you. my little girl had dozens of these spread all over her body, mostly around her chin, cheeks, neck and chest, they were really irritating her, maybe because she was irritating them all the time, but there were so many it was impossible to keep her away from them. like a lot of you, our doc told us to leave them, but they kept spreading and spreading and were always getting infected. eventually we got referred to a dermatology specialist, straight away he decided they were too nasty and too many of them to leave, so he froze them off, but not in the typical manner of spraying them, he used a cotton bud that he dabbed into the hydrogen peroxide and dabbed each molluscum and was of no discomfort to our LO, its been about 5 weeks now, and they did look bad for about a week, and there was a scar where each one fell, but the scars are healing and looking like normal skin more and more each day.. so for any of you worried about scarring, i think they would scar worse if untreated. we did try many other ''remedies'' but to no avail, we were worried about getting them froze because of all the talk online about scarring, but turned out it was the best decision and wish we did it months ago.
Bump, just wondering how people had got on with any mollescum scarring?
Great post, thanks Nicky.
I also had success with thuja but was able to get it free via the GP as he is also qualified in homeopathy.
When DS had them I give him thuja morning and night and put drops of lemon myrtle oil in his bath, I also mixed up 10 drops of same oil with 100ml of olive oil and dabbed it on every spot. When they got angry I smeared Manuka honey ointment on them. They went about 6-8 weeks after but have left small scars.
DD now has them, although not as many. The same procedure isn't as effective with her. Unfortunately she picked one of her face which has bled and left an awful red mark. Does anyone know if this will eventually go away or should I see the nurse for some antibiotic cream?
Hi, I thought I would explain what I've gone through with my boys and molloscum warts as it may help someone, who felt as helpless as I did. I hope its not too long winded, just trying to get it all down.
My 3 year old has had mollscum for approximately 18 months. One started on his right side of his body/torso. I took him to the doctors thinking it was a bad mole. They told me it was molloscum and to do nothing and they would go on its own. Within eight weeks he had over 80. Starting from his arm, down his right side, tummy, groin, inner thigh and behind right knee. They say they don't hurt but they do. They get angry red and some pop, weeping out a puss that is highly contagious. I went back to the doctor's twice. They said to do nothing again! They also said I shouldn't bath the boys together, clean all toys regularly and not to share clothes.(I've got eleven months between my boys and they are inseparable). They have their own rooms but choose to share). As my other son had signs of this virus I couldn't separate them or even stop them bathing together. My youngest has not got any worse and no where near as bad as my eldest. I do keep clothes separate and flannel's towels etc.
My eldest is very aware and conscious of them.
I'm was at the end of my teather as I couldn't help him.
I then started looking at the internet and come across Thuja 30c. Its a herbal remedy. I've been using it for several months as well as Thuja 30c cream of the internet. Even Holland and Barrett sell the tablets.
It does make them come up and burst, but new ones were coming as the old one were going. It also costs me over £70 a month. My other son who is two, has five tiny ones around his groin area. I can only use cream and the 30c tablets. As soon as I used the cream and tablets on him they reduced in size and shrank to a pin head size but are still there, they don't look angry just a tiny pimple really. But he doesn't seem to bother him unlike my other son. Therefore I've been treating both sons. I also used bye wart for a few months. My son says bye wart stings a little but we persevered. Although it appeared to work other molloscum bumps keep coming.
Its costing quite a lot for little results in my case.
Then I stumbled across molludab on the internet. You can buy it for £22.50 +postage. But I went to my doctors and asked them to prescribe it.Although he had never heard of it, it was in the Mims medical book and gave me a prescription. That they had to order in and collected the next day. It has only been available since July 2013 for prescription.
I've been using molludab almost two weeks. All the molluscum warts have burst leaving a red acne type scar, that I think will totally heal in time. My eldest says it burns when administering it and I have to blow on each one until its dry. It burns for about 30 seconds. He doesn't like doing it, twice daily, but he is conscious of them and wants them gone. Most nights I have to persuade him. Its better after a bath as the skin is soft. You only need the smallest amount and it seems to scab the top and then the plug of wart dries and falls off or sometime you can rub the top off in a tissue. Make sure you get the white core/lump as this is the contagious bit.
You are supposed to dab each wart until it appears angry then just wait for it to heel. I takes 4-6 applications, before it becomes angry. Then leave it.
After 10 days, I'm now treating four with the molludab and just creaming the others with Thuja 30 cream. I bought it from www.homeopath.it
I do think others are still coming but not as many and not as big.
I also buy vitamins to build their immune system. My sons are not sickly children but it does say on the net that children with low immune systems are more likely to pick up this skin virus. So just to boost there immune system. They've been on them three months.
I have kept a photo diary from January since using the homeopathic and molludab. I'm not sure how to share pictures or even if I can on here. but I think its worth seeing the changes. My doctor has also asked me to update him as he never heard of molludab and would prescribe to others if it worked. Which I will do.
If I can help anyone, just message me. I can only go through what I have done, tried and tested as their is not a lot of help out there!!
I also don't understand if molluscum is so contagious why don't the doctors help more to reduce infection!
I also believe homeopathy is worth a try. This is my first time in homeopathic medicine. It may work better for some than others. I do think it takes time but some people it has worked in days.
I've also read that if a child gets chicken pox when it clears and has molloscum the warts usually disappear. Its possibly because its a virus and the body has built its own immunity. My boys have not had chicken pox yet. But its on the rounds in our area.
I will update on this site in a couple of weeks as the results should be clearer and hopefully my sons skin will be a normal colour again without pits and red acne type scars.
Hope this helps
My DD (5) has had these for 6 months, started with 4 on back of leg & spread to both legs just before Xmas (approx 25)where they seemed to be multiplying fast at which point I thought I would try & do something rather than "leave it to go away on its own" as GP suggested. So after an evening of research on several medical sites I followed the route of bath with tea tree oil every other night. (Not every night as they need time to dry out). Then apply iodine spray (only one in UK now appears to be Savlon antiseptic spray - off the shelf at Boots or any major supermarket) to prevent bacteria spreading. Do not squeeze, prod or poke. Also boost child's immune system with plenty of fresh fruit & veg & extra multi-vitamins. Week 1 spots stopped spreading, week 2 they started bursting / falling of / child scratching them meant the white fluid like stuff (grape) comes out. They bled quite a lot & bigger ones needed plaster but they definitely only go when they're ready. My DD was really good & was happy to hold a tissue over if they bled. She scratched a few herself in the bath & the 'grape' came out. If they leave a gaping hole then it appears they're dead & gone. Some take a few scab / bleeds before they're truly gone. They scab over & dry out like any other small cut. I am hoping they are on the way Out! I would definitely recommend the tea tree oil & iodine. 2 weeks and a massive improvement & no new spots. I agree that child's body seems to start recognising they are there so starts fighting against them. I also changed long pj bottoms every night & towels used on them to stop re-infection, loose clothing (no tights) to get air to them - I read somewhere that areas that get hot & sweaty are prone to them. Hope this helps. Horrible to see it but the child appears far less freaked out by this than adults (may of course be different if its more visible).
Ds had it for three years,slowly spreading over torso ,back of knees and elbows.
I have always been advised to leave it alone and wait. When he began to get really upset, I felt he needed to see me try to help. I decided to tackle it from within- am horrified of the stories on here where desperate parents have applied all sorts and even squeezed, causing pain.
I started him on oral probiotic drops. (Gut and immune system being best mates you see.)
Three days later they started receding. Within two weeks gone.
Placebo or lucky timing ,or did it really work?
Hi there- I have read this thread with interest as my daughter had MC which we got rid of with silver spray. My son now has it (had it for about 6 months) and the silver spray is working a little bit but doesn't seem to shift it completely.
I should mention that his MC is around his mouth and some of the treatments discussed above may not work/are a bit to severe for that area of his face.
I just wondered if anyone had any tips on what had worked for them in treating MC in that particulat area.
Hi my 4yr old boy has molloscum, after doing lots of resarch i found dr wheatgrass which i have ordered online and AVC, i'm hoping one or the other will work. has anyone tried any of these? i'm quite scared as i have two other children and the doctor told me nothing can be done. any advice would be greatly appreciated.
My 7 year old has had this condition for a few months now. The GP said it could take years for it to clear. I've tried various different things but one thing it doesn't seem to like is Witch Hazel dapped directly from the tube via cotton wool. The last spot that came up, after 2 days it turned red and is now receding. I just keep on dabbing and although it isn't stopping them coming through it does seem to stop them in their tracks. Just wanted to share this and I sincerely hope it helps someone else.
During the 6 months my daughter suffered from molluscum, I have bought all available remedies (from Dr Wheatgrass to tea tree and so on) and nothing worked. In the end, as they were spreading towards her face I took her to see a dermatologist who froze them off and prescribed vitamins for the immune system. They have since all gone. If they were to come again I would go to the dermatologist immediately and ignore the GP who keeps on saying that they will eventually go. It's true, they will eventually go but in the meantime the child is miserable...
Reading through all the comments/suggestions that people have posted here and in desperation I bought a bunch of the different suggested remedies! My 3 year old DD has only about 5 on her shoulder, but until 2 weeks ago it was only 1 which she'd had for about a year. After reading all this stuff, and suddenly seeing new ones appear, i squeezed it and initially put Zovirax on it, then bought the bazooka gel and have been putting that on it. Today the Dr Wheatgrass has arrived, as has the tea tree oil and Iodine Tincture... so i'm now wondering what to carry on with? They've gone very red, but the small ones still have heads, but the initial large one seems to be drying up and is red. Which remedy should i use on the ones that are drying up? continue with the bazooka/zovirax, or start the healing with the dr wheatgrass?!! woudl love to hear from anyone as to what they used on them as they were going. thanks so much xx
My elder DD has had these since she was in Reception. She is now is Yr2 and so has had them nearly 2 years! They were really bad about 4-6 mths ago but recently they have calmed down and she only has a few, althugh she is still getting new ones. I tried (oral) manuka honey, a combination of tea-tree oild and iodine tincture which my best friend (a GP) read about in a medical journal, and squeezing . The TTO/IT combo is meant to be really effective but it really hurt and in the end she begged me not to 'paint' her with it any more. She said she'd rather have the spots than that. Her current problem is that they have clustered right around her bottom - where she goes to the loo - which is painful and itchy.
My younger DD is at the EVERYWHERE stage now. They are all over her arms, legs, tummy, bottom, back... I used to pop DD1s when she was asleep as they both scream blue murder if I do it when they are awake. Unfortunately DD2 is a really light sleeper and wakes up when I try. Also, it's colder now so she is really burrowing into bed and wearing a long sleeved nightie.
I took DD1 to the GP when she had a fair few but the GP hardly looked and them and said they'd go away. I thought I'd looked into all this a fair bit but had never heard of Molludab or any of the other prescribed treatments. Now I am not sure whether to return to the GP and ask (I suspect they will say go away) or to just ride it out.
I can't understand why my DD1 has STILL got them after all this time. I thought her immunity would have kicked in by now as she is otherwise a very healthy little girl, eats lots of fresh veg, etc.
My DD has had MC for about 18m now ( think I may have posted on this thread right back when it started actually!).
We tried so hard to get rid of it, firstly when we first noticed it ( caught of DS) and then again before the summer ( mindful of the summer clothes she would be wearing).
Nothing worked ( lemon myrtle, tea tree, silver spray, immune boosting vitamins, antiseptic cream, and a variety of specific MC remedies). In the end we gave up and DD is now even more covered - torso, arms, legs/thighs, few on face and hands, some quite big.
Ordered another lot of the 100% nature mollu-skin kit today ( it seemed to work on ds but no joy with DD when we used it last year) as DD came home from school v upset cos her classmates had teased her about it when they were getting ready for PE . She wants to try something to feel like we are doing something to get rid of them.
Hi, thanks for all the info. My oldest son had molluscum under his arm for about 3 months. I am a doctor, so at the first sign of it, I cauterised it with wart freeze. howver, this seemed to cause a much worse outbreak after a week. So I would agree that freezing can make it worse. After that, I did what I have told everyone else to do and left it alone. Until I came on here to look for alternative suggestions. I decided to try Thuja cream, which I ordered off ebay for £6. It's a homeopathic remedy, and after ten days of applying it at night, the rash has magically disappeared. I believe that Thuja cream works.
When my youngest son and I started to get a few spots, I took an alternative route, and I applied Zovirax antiviral cream straight away. This seemed to nip it in the bud, and our spots have gone too. Zovirax is a coldsore/herpes cream that you can buy in Boots or any chemist. The active ingredient is Aciclovir.
Absolutely no squeezing or bleeding or crying or scarring for either of these methods. Hope this helps.
We have been prescribed Aldara (Imiquimod) for our child's (extensive) molluscum. Has anyone tried this? Any tips for successful application? Thanks!
I just discovered a new spot on DD's forearm. I won't be able to keep it covered as we live in a hot climate where its impossible to wear long sleeves and she is allergic to plasters. I feel completely devastated. I think now there i no hope of protecting DS (7 months) from this horrible virus. There is no doubt he has probably already been exposed as she manhandles him all the time. I can't express how gutted I am. I've been solo careful trying to protect him. DH deployed too so just sat here on my own worrying about it :-(
My homeopathic GP gave my 15mo thuja granules last week
Mummycjp - if you look previously on the thread a few of us have been trying molludab. I've been using it now for I would guess 4 months and I'm still on the fence I'm afraid. My 3 DC have it, one v v badly. My DS who has it v badly (as in covered in it) I would say has reacted the best. His tummy spots are starting to heal although still rather scabby. His legs however are still plastered in spots and more are still coming out all of the time. But, I do think it's causing them to start to heal. dS 2 has them all over his tummy - molludab is making no difference whatsoever. DD has them mainly on her bottom and molludab has made some scab over but there are still more coming out.
I have tried lots of things including lemon mrtyle oil in the bath, changing towels everyday, pyjamas etc and nothing seems to have made any difference.
I have calmed down slightly about it now as in truth it bothers me much more than them. It feels like we've had it forever but I'm keeping the faith that it will go in time!
Hi - I haven't tried Molludab but its seems to go along with the theory that irritating the spots somehow alerts the body's immune system to their presence then it can fight them. I have been using Zymaderm on my daughter and I believe it has had the same effect. All of her spots are now at various stages of red, scabby, flaky and healed. She seems to get a new wave every week or so but then they turn red etc as soon as I put the Zymaderm on them. We have been using about 2 months. I really hope its on the way out now! I hate this virus and feel so stressed about preventing it from spreading on DD and to DS (7months).
Other things I have been doing is trying to keep all spots covered by clothes if poss. New PJs every night and new towel (not shared with anyone). Showers instead of baths. Tea tree shower gel. Towels all washed on hot.
Not sure if any of this has really made a difference but at least it makes me feel like I'm doing something!!
Oh and a multi-vitamin/mineral for kids. Some studies have linked having enough ZINC to helping heal quicker. That may also be why Sudacrem works for some also?
Has anyone tried the new over the counter treatment called Molludab??
My daughter has got MC and I am going to try Thuja first but always good to have a clincally tested back up if that doesn't get rid of it.
Join the discussion
Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.Register now
Already registered with Mumsnet? Log in to leave your comment or alternatively, sign in with Facebook or Google.
Please login first.