Boil is a painful, pus filled lump under the skin caused by an infection in an oil gland or hair follicle. As kids have sensitive skin and their immune systems are still developing, this makes them more prone to infection. It is our responsibility to keep the kid’s surrounding hygienic, infection free and kid’s skin cool to save them from boils.
What is the causes of boils? The infection that causes boils commonly occurs because of bacteria called staphylococcus (STAPH) that can invade our skin. When we get a cut or bite, the bacteria makes its way into the body through small cracks on the skin or from hair folic. Usually boils are not a serious problem. But, if infection spreads your child may feel sick or get fever. This is the time you should take your child to the doctor. Boil start as red lumps and gradually the lump becomes tender and filled with pus and then turns white. The formation of pus can make the boil quite painful. It can appear anywhere on the body but they are most common on the face, neck, armpit, thighs, shoulders and buttocks, around the ear and nose and sweaty areas. Kids also tend to get some on the knee.
Boils can be observed in any healthy kid, but children with low immunity, existing skin infection and those who suffer from frequent insect bites are at a higher risk.
WHAT IS THE CAUSES OF BOILS?
- Poor hygiene
- Poor food intake or poor nutrition
- Weaker immune system
- Exposure to harsh chemical
- Hair folic infection caused by a staph bacteria
- Iron deficiency
- Friction from tight clothes
- Eczema (home remedies to dryness)
WHEN TO WORRY
- Boil lasts for two weeks or more
- When boil become very large
- When they are painful
- When your baby suffer from fever or feel unwell
- Recurrence of boil
- Boil appearing on the face or spine
- Spread of Redness around skin of boil
Nutritious diet is the solution to every health problem. Zinc is an important mineral for boosting immunity and is essential in the treatment of boils. Introducing Iron rich food in your kid’s diet can also help them in fighting against boils. Food rich in Iron are: beans, spinach, dry fruits, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli and fish etc. (Iron rich food recipe). Below is the list of Home remedy for boils.
HOME REMEDIES FOR BOIL
Warm compress – This is the most effective home remedy for boil. Keeping warm, wet cloth on the boil for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day can help to get relief as the heat and moisture can help the boil to open and drain. Water can be mixed with baking soda too for quick results for heat boils in babies.
Turmeric – It has proven medicinal properties that make it a best home remedy. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in it help to reduce the inflammation of the boil. You can choose to ingest turmeric powder. Add turmeric powder in milk or water and boil it and then let it cool. Taking this milk or water thrice a day can help to get rid of heat boils in babies. You can also apply turmeric paste over boil to heal it quickly. (How can turmeric treat colds?)
Garlic– Garlic with its antiviral and antibacterial properties helps boost your immunity.As a home remedy You can extract juice from fresh garlic cloves and apply on the head of the boil for 10- 30 minutes twice a day. It will help to soften the point from where it can be drained off. (How to use garlic in reducing leg pain?)
Apple cider vinegar– Apple cider vinegar can be used for many health issues as home remedy. It cleanses the boils and disinfects it. It has anti- inflammatory properties which help in reducing the redness and pain of the boils. You can apply a few drops of apple cider vinegar directly on boils and repeat this several times in a day for fast relief. (How does ACV work for hair?)
Onion– Onions have active compounds and anti inflammatory properties that can ease the pain of a boil. Its antifungal and antiseptic properties help and prevent them from developing again. Cut a slice of onion, place it over boil and cover with clean cloth. Do this couple of times a day. This home remedy should generate heat and draw pus out. (How to use onion for curing cough?)
Cumin seeds– commonly found in Asian/ Indian kitchens, it has many health and beauty benefits. Cumin seeds contain thymoquinone, which reduces inflammation and also helps in reducing pain and stiffness of the boils. It is a primary source of antioxidant, which can kill harmful strains of bacteria. Take some cumin seed and crush them, then add a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Apply this on the affected area, wash it off after dried out. (Nutritious recipe using cumin seeds)
Neem– Neem is used as a home remedy to treat many ailments. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help to treat skin infections including boils.. It can be used to soothe the skin too. Grind a few leaves of neem with water to make a paste, now apply this on the boils and cover it with a clean cloth, this will help you to get rid of the heat boils in babies too. (How to use neem for face and body skin?)
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