A boil is a tender red lump on the skin - an infection caused by bacteria. Boils are not usually a serious problem and you can treat most boils at home, especially if you notice them early. Sometimes, boils need treatment from your doctor.
A 24 page booklet with information, diagrams and photos about looking after your child's skin and treating skin infections.
Every day check, clean, cover, eat well, sleep. Wash your hands before and after touching infected skin.
A poster with information about a range of skin conditions comparing early signs; what to do; what to do if it gets worse; how it is spread; time off from school or kura.
A joint initiative between the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation
Supported and funded by the Ministry of Health
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