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Pediatric Impetigo

Key Points About Impetigo in Children

  • Impetigo is an infection that affects the skin. It’s caused by bacteria and can spread from one person to another. 
  • It causes skin sores. The sores may be red and painful, and contain fluid called pus. They may drain and crust.
  • Impetigo is often treated with antibiotic cream, ointment, pills or liquid.
  • Keeping the skin clean may help to prevent the spread of impetigo. It is very important to scrub your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after caring for your child.
  • Impetigo can spread in a household. Don't share towels, washcloths, eating utensils or other personal items.
  • Your child can return to daycare or school 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment as long as there are signs of improvement.


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The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.