Skin Infections

If you think your child has a skin infection, we recommend the following:


  • Clean the area with antibacterial soap and water
  • Triple antibiotic ointment should be applied
  • Apply a clean, loose dressing over the area if needed.

Make an appointment to see your pediatrician if:

  • The measures listed above have failed
  • The infection seems to be rapidly worsening
  • Your child has a fever
  • Your child has pus draining from the area.

 Return to the Childhood Illness Guide.