A consultant paediatrician
with the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr Kunle Otuneye, has said that frequent occurrence of boils in children may be signs of malnutrition.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Friday, Otuneye said the occurrence of boils in children could also be a sign of poor immunity.
According to him, boils are infections of the skin that affect the hair follicles or sebaceous glands.
“If your child is suffering from the incidence of boils at regular intervals in spite of taking all necessary precautions to stay away from boils, a blood test will be required to know the cause.
“Many children suffer from frequent incidence of boils due to weak immune system.
“The body having a weak immune system fails to resist the attack of the bacteria responsible for boils and as a result, the child gets infected with boils again and again.
“Children with poor immune system have colonies of bacteria in their nasal chamber due to which they are repeatedly affected by boils,’’ Otuneye said.
He said that other predisposing factors of frequent boils in children could be immunosuppression (acquired or congenital), poor personal hygiene and exposure of the skin to irritants.
Otuneye said that boils are skin abscesses caused by the bacteria, staphylococcus aureus, which he said could affect anyone no matter the age group.
While noting that the incidences of boils in children were more common as compared to adults, Otuneye, said “the reason for the occurrence of boils in children than in adults can easily be detected as boils are prevalent in bodies that are exposed to excessive dust and dirt.
“Children playing in field and mud are prone to be infected by boils as the bacteria can easily enter their skin through the wounds or incisions they are inflicted with’’.
He advised mothers to consult their doctors if their children were suffering from recurrent boils, adding that certain antibiotics or surgical draining might be necessary to kill the bacteria causing germs.
Otuneye said that bacterial culture could be prescribed if necessary as the culture was one of the easiest means to detect the exact cause of boils in children.
“Boils in children are quite ugly in appearance. They are filled with pus, which gets discharged along with blood when the boil gets matured.
“As a parent, it is recommended that you should be careful when the pus comes out.
“The pus is highly contagious and it has to be cleaned time to time so as to avoid it coming in contact with the unaffected part of skin,’’ he said.
Otuneye urged parents to be sensitive to the health of their children and ensure proper hygiene for them.
A consultant paediatrician