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It may take between 4 to 6 weeks for a child to get symptoms of scabies after coming in contact with an infected person.
In children younger than age 2, the rash caused by the mites tends to show up on the head, neck, palms, and soles. In older children, the rash is usually located on any of the following places:
These are the most common symptoms of scabies. But each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Scabies is treatable, and usually all members in a family are treated at the same time. Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Treatment may include:
In addition, it is important to wash all clothes and bedding in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer. Clothing and other objects that can’t be washed should be placed in a plastic bag for at least 1 week. These items can include things like pillows and stuffed animals.
The itching may go on for many weeks after the initial treatment of the scabies. If scabies are still present after this time or if new burrows appear, call your child’s healthcare provider. Your child may need to be retreated.
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