Wound (Skin) Infection: Brief Version
What is a wound infection?
When bacteria gets into a cut or wound, your child may get a skin infection. You may notice your child has:
- Pus or cloudy fluid from the wound.
- A pimple or yellow crust on the wound.
- A lot of redness around the cut.
- A red streak from the wound toward the heart.
- A large, tender lymph node in the area.
- A fever.
How can I take care of my child?
Call your child's doctor right away if:
- The redness from the wound spreads.
- The wound gets very painful.
- Your child starts to act very sick.
Call your child's doctor during office hours if:
- Your child's fever is not gone after 48 hours on the medicine.
- The wound does not look better after 3 days on the medicine.
- The wound isn't fully healed in 10 days.
- You have other questions or concerns.
Written by B.D. Schmitt, MD, author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2009-11-23
Last reviewed: 2010-06-02
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