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  • Impetigo is a bacterial infection of your child's skin.

    It starts as a red area that may form blisters or a crust the color of honey.

    The infection occurs most around the mouth, nose, cuts, scratches and insect bites.

    Impetigo can be easily passed to other people (contagious).

    For a case of impetigo, call your health care provider, who may prescribe an antibiotic.

  • Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
    Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
    First published: 02/01/2010
    Last reviewed: 01/01/2016