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Peeling skin on 1yo fingers

(9 Posts)
MrsCaptainJackSparrow Wed 12-Mar-14 09:57:51

Hi, I've noticed over the last couple of days my 1yo has big chunks of skin peeling off around his finger tops and toes. Any ideas?

LakeFlyPie Wed 12-Mar-14 10:04:41

Can't link on phone but I read about recent rise in scarlet fever cases (think it was on BBC website) and this was one of the symptoms, may be worth a google

Deb2202 Wed 12-Mar-14 18:44:59

Sounds like my fingers/toes after I had hand foot and mouth.

Nothing in my mouth and not real 'blisters' on hand/feet, they were red but not noticeable (apart from the burning/pain) then a couple of days later they just started peeling! All over my fingertips it looked terrible.

Kittymalinky Wed 12-Mar-14 18:46:45

My 17mo has this. I thought she was just a bit dehydrated or that she's been chewing her fingers too much while teething.

beautifulgirls Wed 12-Mar-14 18:56:20

DD had this after a serious strep infection (strep causes lots of issues including scarlet fever). It was like big bits of greaseproof paper coming off!!

MrsCaptainJackSparrow Wed 12-Mar-14 19:14:50

Thank you all for the replies. Will google Scarlett fever now. He had hand foot and mouth a week ago (no blisters in mouth just spots around his mouth, hands and toes).

He doesn't drink enough some days do could be dehydration

HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Wed 12-Mar-14 19:19:36

My 9mo got over hand foot and mouth about 2 weeks ago, and now his toes are peeling just as you describe. Took him to the doctor and was told (in a rather patronising way) that it was nothing to worry about.
It's happening to my dad too, who also caught the hand foot and mouth.

Deb2202 Wed 12-Mar-14 21:05:18

If he's had HFM a week ago I reckon it will be the after effects of that, like I say I was very surprised when it started and the peeling seemed worse and more widespread than the spots. It also lasted a while.

If he's fine in himself and this is the only issue I'd give him a couple of days to see how it pans out.

It wasn't painful at all once it was peeling so they shouldn't be uncomfortable with it.

Roseformeplease Wed 12-Mar-14 21:07:11

My DD had something similar (but weepy) which turned out to be impetigo which normally starts around the mouth but started on her hands because she had a cut which had allowed the infection in.

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