Impetigo is a skin infection. It is caused by Strep or Staph bacteria. It is happens more often in the summer, when children get insect bites, cuts, and scrapes.
When your child has impetigo, you may see that:
Your child will usually need an oral antibiotic.
Use antibiotic ointment. You can buy this without a prescription. Put the ointment on the sore 3 times a day. Use the ointment for 7 days, or longer, if needed.
When putting on ointment:
Make sure your child does not scratch the sore. This may cause it to spread.
Keep your child out of school until you have treated his sores for 24 hours.