Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Boils - Brief Version
What is a boil?
A boil is a tender, red lump in the skin. It can be painful
even when it is not being touched. Most of the time it is
1/2 to 1 inch wide. A boil is a hair root or skin pore that
has been infected by bacteria called Staphylococcus (or
How can I take care of my child?
- Give your child antibiotics. It can really help to give
your child pills prescribed by your doctor. The boil
will heal faster. It will also be less likely to
- Keep your child clean. It is easy to get a boil again.
Make sure your child showers and washes his hair every
day with an antibacterial soap. This will help wash
away staph bacteria on the skin.
- Do not let other people use your child's towels or
washcloths. The boils are easy to spread.
- Do not squeeze a boil. You may spread boils to other
parts of the body.
Call your child's doctor during office hours if:
- The boil is not better within 48 hours after starting
- The boil has come to a head.
- You have other concerns or questions.