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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
IA may come and go over 2 years. It usually affects your child's palms, fingers, bottom of the feet, toes, and sides of the feet.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has open sores.
- Your child's rash looks more swollen and is draining pus.
- Your child's rash does not get better with treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
- Medicines can help decrease itching and help the rash go away. They may be given as a cream or pill.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Help relieve your child's itching:
A bacterial skin infection or scars may develop if your child scratches or picks at the rash. The following may help relieve your child's itching:
- Give your child baths in lukewarm water. Add ½ cup of baking soda or uncooked oatmeal to the water. Let your child bathe for about 30 minutes. Do this several times a day.
- Trim your child's fingernails. Put gloves or socks on his or her hands, especially at night. This will help prevent your child from itching his or her skin.
- Keep your child cool. The itching can get worse if your child sweats.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
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