What is scabies?


It is a skin infection caused by a microscopic bug called a mite. The mite lives on the surface and burrows down into the skin causing:



How do scabies spread?


They spread by:



When are scabies contagious?



How do I know if my child has scabies?


If your child has the symptoms, see your doctor. Scabies are diagnosed by the signs and symptoms. Sometimes, a skin scraping may be examined under the microscope.


What should I do if my child has scabies?


Treatment: Follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor. Some scabies medications are dangerous for infants and women who are pregnant or nursing.



Keep your child home until:


After treatment is completed. Notify your Head Start program.


To limit the spread:



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