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Pediatric Scabies

Key Points About Scabies in Children

  • Scabies is a very contagious infestation of mites that happens mostly in children and young adults.
  • Scabies causes a rash with small red bumps and intense itching.
  • This highly contagious infection often spreads from child to child while children are sleeping together in the same bed or have close personal contact.
  • It may take between 4 to 6 weeks for a child to develop symptoms of scabies after coming in contact with an infected person.
  • Scabies is treatable. Usually all members in a family and people with close contact with the family are treated at the same time.
  • It's important to use the treatments advised by your provider to get rid of scabies.


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Dermatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

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.