Molluscum Contagiosum is most prevalent in children. Most recent estimates report that around 5% of children in the U.S. get Molluscum every year. It’s easy to imagine that an incredibly contagious virus like Molluscum might spread easily among children, who often play in close contact and are kept in groups at school.
Preventing the spread of Molluscum
- Don’t scratch
- No wrestling or horseplay
- Avoid touching others
- Don’t share towels, clothes, or bedsheets
- Don’t use pool floats or toys
- Don’t share combs or other personal items
- Always wash hands with warm, soapy water
- Don’t share toys
Keeping your child from spreading Molluscum can require constant monitoring.
That means that the less time they spend infected, the better.
What you can do to treat it
Many treatment options are harsh, cause pain and discomfort, and can even leave permanent scarring. Certain types of treatments can even be emotionally traumatic for a young child. For this reason, more and more people are choosing gentle, topical treatments to soothe discomfort and help remove bumps.