What is the typical presentation of scabies in children and infants?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Unlike adults, children commonly present with facial and neck involvement. In very young children and infants, a widespread, eczematous eruption primarily on the trunk is common, as in the image below. In addition, infants may have 1- to 3-mm papules, vesicles, and pustules on the palms and soles.

Widespread eruption on the back of an infant with Widespread eruption on the back of an infant with scabies. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD.

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