Any opening in the skin can lead to an infection and to cellulitis. The germs that usually cause cellulitis are:
A child is at risk for cellulitis if he or she has:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of cellulitis can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The main treatment is antibiotic medicine. Antibiotic medicine is given by mouth (oral) for mild cellulitis. Antibiotic medicine is given in a vein (IV) in the hospital in these cases:
If your child is treated at home, the healthcare provider may tell you to raise your child’s affected body part. For example, if the cellulitis affects the lower leg, you may be told to keep your child's leg up on pillows.
In some cases, serious complications can happen. They may include:
Treating cellulitis quickly can prevent more serious infections.
Cellulitis may be prevented by:
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: