If you suspect that your child might have school sores (impetigo), it’s a good idea to have them assessed by a medical professional to make sure.
A medical professional will be able to advise whether or not your child should be kept home to stop the infection spreading to other children, and when they can return to kindergarten, day care or school.
To treat impetigo, check and clean the sores every day. Gently wash the sores with warm water and a soft, wet cloth. Do this for about 20–30 minutes or until the hard crust comes off and any blood and pus is cleaned away.
Gently pat dry the area, then apply a thin layer of Crystaderm to the sores before covering with a water tight dressing. Continue treatment until all the sores are healed. Crystaderm can be applied up to three times daily, for up 21 days.
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Crystaderm First Aid Cream (Hydrogen Peroxide 1% w/w, 10g) is a General Sale Medicine for the treatment and prevention of minor skin infections such as acne, cuts, scrapes, burns or school sores. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.
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