Yellow, crusty, oozing sores caused by a skin infection with a staph or strep germ are most common around the buttocks (as described earlier) and face, but the infection, called impetigo, can occur anywhere the skin has been broken and bacteria can invade. It must be diagnosed by your pediatrician and is usually treated with antibiotics. You can soften the dried material with warm water and apply an antibiotic ointment as well to speed healing.
When to Worry:
If the outbreak does not begin clearing up quickly after your baby starts antibiotics, see your pediatrician again. A cluster of tiny blisters that scab in a couple of days may be a herpes infection (one on the mouth is called a cold sore) and not impetigo.
Loraine M. Stern, MD, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles and a practicing pediatrician.
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