Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Blisters in Children

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A blister will usually heal on its own, but here are some general guidelines for treatment:

  • Calm your child and let him know that you can help.
  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold or ice pack to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Keep the area clean and dry. Do not burst or "pop" the blister.
  • If the blister bursts, place an adhesive bandage or dressing on the area to keep it clean.
  • Observe the area for signs of infection such as increased warmth, swelling, redness, drainage or pain. If you notice any signs of infection, call your child's physician. Antibiotics may be needed.
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