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Cellulitis

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about cellulitis. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not
understand.

WHAT IS CELLULITIS?
Cellulitis is a non-contagious infection under the skin. Cellulitis can cause redness, pain, swelling, a hot feeling and itching at the infected site.

HOW IS CELLULITIS TREATED?
Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics (medicine that fights the infection). The antibiotics may be in the form of a cream to be put directly on the infected skin; it may be in the form of a liquid or pill to be taken by mouth; or it may be given by IV. Your doctor or nurse will explain which type is ordered.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILD?
1. Give the antibiotics as ordered by your child’s doctor.
2. Dress your child in loose-fitting and cool clothing. This will help lessen the pain and itching.
3. Tell your child not to scratch the area. If your child is too young to understand, you can put mittens or cotton socks over his or her hands.
4. Keep fingernails trimmed short.
5. When bathing your child, use mild soap and cool water. Pat the skin dry. Do not rub the area.
6. Avoid scented lotions. They may cause more itching.

CAN CELLULITIS BE SPREAD?
The bacteria causing the cellulitis can be spread if there is an open wound or drainage at the infection site. To lessen the chance of spreading the bacteria/ germs, always wash hands well after touching the infected area.

WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR?
You should call your doctor if:
1. Your child runs a temperature above 101°F
2. If the cellulitis is spreading or does not appear to be getting better
3. If the cellulitis is not gone by the time you have given all the antibiotics

PDF: Child Health Information - CELLULITIS

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Corregido: 2000, 2001

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 2000, 2001

 

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