Boils are commonly caused by a bacterium of the staphylococcal strain. As for boil cases on babies, this usually happens with the presence of a diaper rash. When the diapers become soiled with urine and stool, bacteria may enter and infect the rash, which results to a painful sensation. Boil is a type of abscess wherein the infection is walled off.
Causes of Boils in Babies
Boils initially form as red spot on the top layer of the skin. A tender lump will develop and after 4 to 7 days, the lump will start to accumulate pus. This turns white in color, and the skin around the boil becomes noticeably painful and warm to touch.
Other factors that could lead to the development of boils in babies include:
- Bacteria. Staphylococcus aureus is the number one cause of boils across all age groups.
- Poor hygiene
- Poor nutrition
- Low resistance of the immune system.
- Exposure to harsh chemicals.
A boil that forms in the eyelids is called sty. On the other hand, severe clumps of boils are called carbuncles.
How to Treat and Prevent Boils in Babies
The best way to treat these boils in babies is to seek medical help. For mild cases of boils, even natural home remedies can be a solution to treat and prevent boils. These include:
- Honey is proven as a natural antiseptic. Application to the ripened and drained boil can prevent the spread of infection.
- Use of sterile cotton ball soaked in warm water placed on the boil for a few minutes can help ripen the boil.
- Poultice or porridge made of bread can also be used to treat inflammations. Placing the poultice in a cloth soaked in hot milk can quickly heal the boil.
- Do not squeeze the boil, even if it’s ripened already.
- Avoid bathing babies in a bath tub, for these can help spread the bacteria. Use bath towels instead.
- Make sure that after bathing, the baby’s skin is kept clean and dry.