Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sands | 2008/07/27


Natal sores information

My 3 year old has been sent home from school with painful sores and after consulting a doctor who advised me that they are Natal sores. I am so embrassed thinking that I somehow caused this problem. What is this condition and how do I treat it?

Expert's Reply



I have not heard of 'Natal sores' before.Are the sores infected and did they spread rapidly? If so, this is probably a skin condition called impetigo which caused by a strep bacterial infection. Children usually catch this skin condition form another infected child.It is easily treated with an antibiotic and an antibacterial ointment.You certainly did not cause this problem.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2008/07/28

Hi Sands

remembered reading something on Natal sores. It was in a book called Encyclopedia of child care from birth to adolescence by W.E.B Edge. This is what he said:

" Children are rather prone to skin infections and may develop multiple sores, sometimes in the face (Impetigo*) and often of the legs and other areas. Such infections are usually spread by scratching and the predisposing cause is therefore frequently and itchy condition such as scabies, tick bites or irritation from grass. Such sores on the legs are commonly referred to as Natal sores. Skin infections of this type, particularly when associated with scabies, and especially in African children, are a common cause of nephritis.
Treatment consists of gently removing the scabs by soaking, and applying an antiseptic preparation, e.g. mecurochrome lotion (not the tincture) or a cream such as clioquinol. Occasionally an antibiotic may have to be administered to control the spread." 

You may find that your little boy needs a zinc supplement to help healing.

Hope this sheds some light.


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