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It can occur at any age, but children under 5 years of age are at highest risk. Other risk factors include:
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. He or she will give your child a physical exam. Your child may also have tests, such as:
Your child will likely need to be treated in the hospital. He or she may be in the burn unit of the hospital. This is because the treatment is similar to treating a child with burns. Or your child may be treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Treatment may include:
Children who are treated right away usually recover with no scarring or other problems. But in some cases complications may include:
Call the healthcare provider right away if your child has red, blistering skin. If the healthcare provider is not available, go to the emergency room.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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