What is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a fungal infection which can affect any person at any age, including your baby. Unlike what the name suggests, Ringworm has no relation whatsoever to biological worms.
The fist sign that you will notice is a dried area on your baby´s skin. Rings like rashes appear, and are usually small. The rash will usually be about the size of a dime to the size of a quarter. The rings are often crusty and scaly on the outside, with a smooth center. In some cases, the rings will become larger. Sometimes the ringworm will affect the scalp, resembling dandruff or bald spots.
What to do if your baby has ringworm
As ringworm is a fungal infection, your baby likely got it from a family member who is infected, or a family pet, who may be carrying it. In pets, it is often difficult to detect, as it can often be without symptoms. As fungus thrive in moist environments, it may help to keep your baby as dry as possible.
Often, infection is unexpected, and sometimes unavoidable despite a parent´s best efforts. Fortunately complications are extremely rare, and besides minor itching and discomfort, it is not painful for the baby. Your pediatrician can recommend an effective anti-fungal cream. The lesions should clear in a few weeks.