Childhood Diseases

Posted by: R | 2011/03/04


Picking at sores

My 3 year old suddenly started picking at any sore she has. She had 3 mosquito bites that I put Calamine on, but she still scratched it until the skin was broken, and she got a burn on her finger at school that she pulled the blister off. She just keeps on picking at these and now she''s got all these horrible open wounds that are just getting worse. She also started scratching her face now. I cut her nails as short as possible, and I''ve tried putting plasters on, but she just takes it off. While at home we try to keep her busy the whole time because if she''s distracted she doesn''t scratch, but she still scratches at school. What can I do to make her stop?

Expert's Reply



This is quite a common habit in children and as with all habits at this age is hard to stop once it starts.The primary aim should be to get your daughter's sores healed up so she has nothing to scratch and nothing that is itchy.From your description I am concerned that your daughter may have infected sores caused by her scratching and picking at them.It would be best to ask your doctor to see her just to be sure that she does not need an antibiotic to help to clear up the infection and help the sores to heal.The doctor will also probably precribe an ointment called Bactroban to help to heal these sores.

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