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How did my baby get scabies?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greeneanswered
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Skin to skin: Scabies is a parasite that causes a very itchy skin rash. You contract scabies by touching someone who has it, or by sharing clothing or bedding with someone who has scabies.
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Contact spread: Scabies is a small mite that spreads by direct contact. More than likely, somebody who is infected was holding them or touching them, or the baby was crawling around in a house where somebody is infected. The infection can obviously happen anywhere, but babies often have it start on hands and feet, areas that touch the floor or people. Sometimes it can also come from the dog.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
From another person: Babies can get scabies (caused by a mite that burrows under one's skin) through close contact with an infected person.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How can you get scabies?

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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 24 years experience
Close contact: It is a mite that lives on the body and can be transferred by close bodily contact. It can take up to 6 weeks to cause symptoms after the contact occurs.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
But even when 2 people sleep in the same bed and are intimate together, scabies may only infest one of them. It can seem odd who gets them sometimes! Cleaner people who shower often will get milder cases, in general. But even doctors can catch them, just from touching patients.
Jul 17, 2012

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