The Maternal Child Health Clinic Nurse in Charge Roslinda Narwayency revealed that last month out of the 1359 babies that passed through SHEFA Health Clinic, 50% were diagnosed with scabies.

The common symptoms of scabies are itching and developing rashes.

“Scabies can lead to skin sores and serious complications like septicaemia (a bloodstream infection), heart disease and kidney problem. Scabies is contagious and spreads skin to skin contact,” the Nurse in Charge explained.

“Addition to that, scabies does not usually spread through a brief touch with someone that has scabies, such as a handshake or hug.”

The main treatment for scabies is permethrin 5% cream is the most commonly used medicine to treat scabies in adults, children and infants.

“In babies and toddlers (under age 2), the cream is applied to the scalp, neck and over the whole body.”

Nurse Narwayency added that sulfur cream is a scabies treatment as well which can be applied overnight, rinsed off and then reapplied for five nights in a row.

“Sulfur is safe to use in pregnancy and in children under 2 months old and can also be taken as a bill to treat scabies when prescription lotion doesn’t work.”

Nurse Narwayency advised that the best way to prevent scabies is for all household members to keep good hygienic standards and to also wash clothes thoroughly.

“If your babies have scabies, you have to take your baby to the hospital for treatment then boil her clothes with hot water and put it in a clear place so that the sun can heat them.”

By Amona Kellen