A beard or child is a skin condition that occurs regularly in children between 2 and 10 years old. But currant beard is also a baby ailment that often occurs in babies. It is especially annoying because it is itchy and contagious. But it is not harmful to your baby. Read more about this infectious disease and what you can do if you do currant beard with your baby notes.
How do you recognize currant beards with your baby?
The most common form of currant beard is that it starts with a red spot. This spot is getting bigger and then it opens when yellow moisture comes out. After this it dries and you can see yellow crusts. When several of these places are around the mouth, it looks like a beard of currants. Hence the name.
That is also the place where it usually occurs: the face and especially the nose and mouth. But this skin infection can also occur in other places. This form of crayfish is in most cases caused by the Staph aureus bacteria and in 20% of the cases by Group A Streptococci.
Currant beard in the form of vesicles
The second form of currant beard is characterized by large blisters. It often starts with a small blister that then becomes larger and easily bursts open. When the blister has burst open, the underlying red skin is exposed. This skin is often somewhat wet. This form of the skin infection occurs in your baby in the diaper area, at the navel or at the skin folds.
Sweethearted child: how do they get it?
The raisin is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are 'carried' by people in the nose and in the throat. Some people carry the bacterium without being bothered by it. Everyone can carry it with them and unfortunately there is little to do about this. The bacteria get into the air through touches, coughing or even talking. These bacteria are inhaled by others and become infected.
Another way to get infected is when you touch the wounds and the spots yourself. The chance that the bacterium actually develops into a crayon is greater when your child already has wounds, mosquito bumps, eczema or chickenpox. A low resistance of your baby or yourself can make you more susceptible to this contagious skin infection.
Is currant bees contagious in babies?
Currant beard is contagious when the wounds have not yet dried. Is the wound still growing, is there any moisture or does it feel wet? At that moment the risk of infection is the greatest. This does not mean that you have to leave your child at home, but make sure it is treated!
Can you prevent contamination of currant beards?
To prevent infection with your baby or child or to ensure that it does not get worse, you can do the following:
- Avoid touching and scratching. If your child is older, explain why
- Have your child wash his or her hands regularly
- Keep the nails short and clean
- Wash your child at least once a day with regular soap
- Have your child use paper handkerchiefs if he or she has to sneeze and throw them away immediately
- Wash your child's hands regularly and do this yourself
- Give your child a towel and replace it daily
- Inform the class or nursery about your child's currant beard
- Make sure that people in the area also regularly wash their hands
- Clean toys, doors, banisters etc. every day
DO NOT stick plaster on the wounds, that can make it worse. Also, the blisters do not dry. Only when the vesicles have dried up is it no longer contagious. The incubation time is 1 to 3 days.
Baby's currant beard: treat
In addition to going through the steps to prevent further infection, it is good to call your doctor right away. The general practitioner will probably have one fusidic acid cream prescribe or tablets to treat the currant beard. The cream will have to be rubbed three times a day. Within a few days, the spots will be less.
Currant beard and pregnant: is it harmful?
The raisin is never dangerous for your unborn child. It can only lead to maternity fever if the crescent is caused by group A Streptococcus and you have just given birth by means of a cesarean section or a rupture or cut. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women to have close contact with children who have currant beards.