Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sonnie | 2009-05-04



Hi. My 4-year old picks at every scab she can find. She' ll get a little scab from a fall or playing or something, and will scratch it into a huge sore, and will pick it for weeks on end. As a result, she has huge scars all over her body. Some are from mosquito bites, that I can understand. I normally put some ointment on, with micropore (she is allergic to normal plasters, so no Disney plasters to help!). This will stay on only as long as she wants, and then she' s back at picking. How do I get her to stop? I have tried to tell her that there will form an infection and that it is bad etc, but this does not help at all. My mail concern is that there is a deeper meaning to this behavior?

Expert's Reply



There is no deeper meaning to this behaviour which is rather common. It may be that some of these scabs are very itchy so it will help her to give and old fashioned antihistamine such as Allergex syrup at night to reduce the itch. Apply Bactroban or Betadine ointment to the sores as soon as you notice them and cover them with a small piece of sterile gauze and the micropore.

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