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Impetigo-help!

(8 Posts)
Itcanwait Sun 05-Oct-08 20:43:32

My son had impetigo (sp?) during half term in May so he was treated for it then and didn't need time off as he wasn't in contact with other children. I noticed today that he has a red, sore patch in exactly the same place under his mouth again and think I should take him to the doctor tomorrow to get it checked out. Just wondered what the guidelines are regarding going to school as he's now in reception. I'm not sure if I should take him in the morning, assuming I may not be able to get an appointment until the afternoon. I'm completely ashamed and mortified by the way as we don't live in a filthy, un-hygenic house! Are some kids just more prone to it than others?

Thanks!

avenanap Sun 05-Oct-08 20:44:37

NO SCHOOL! Keep him off until he see's the doctor, just incase.

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Oct-08 20:45:53

I think if it's under clothing he can go to school, but as it's on his face, you should keep him at home as it's increadibly infectious.

Don't be ashamed - anyone can get it!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 05-Oct-08 20:47:41

don't be ashamed - theres loads of it about and its just a bacterial infection - you wouldnt be ashamed if he had a throat infection! If you think it is though then keep him off til hes seen a doctor.

ScottishMummy Sun 05-Oct-08 22:50:58

impetigo is v common v contagious Staphylococcus aureus infection easily treated by antibiotics. start antibiotics stay off for 2 days

nowt to do with your home
v contagious
common in childhood
spreads easily

my lo got it an nursery

wash all shared towels, linens etc

Dioriffic Sun 05-Oct-08 22:52:40

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ScottishMummy Sun 05-Oct-08 22:53:10

forgot to add go see gp get antibiotics.should resove quickly.dont worry too much.build the immune system

candyfluff Mon 06-Oct-08 08:56:42

my dd had this up her nostrils and it was sore ,got some cream from the doctor and kept her off school until mostly cleared up. she never had it again.

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