Since impetigo is a skin virus that is caused by contact with the virus through physical touch or using objects an infected person has used, there are a few practical tips parents should keep in mind on how to prevent impetigo. Cleaning your child’s toys with a combination of bleach, vinegar and water if your little has recently has a play date and sanitizing your child’s hands before and after school lessen the chances that your son or daughter will get impetigo. But the most important factor when stopping the development of impetigo is to strengthen the immune system so the virus doesn’t have a chance to affect the body.
Vitamin C is important when it comes to impetigo prevention. Give your child a vitamin C supplement every morning with breakfast to boost energy, cleanse the immune system and purify the blood. There are a number of gummy vitamins on the market right now as well that make it easy for kids to take their vitamins. Of course, feeding a child foods that are rich in vitamin C like leafy green vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cabbage, kale), citrus fruits and berries can also supply him with the adequate daily amount of vitamin C, which helps to keep impetigo away.
Ingredients that have virus-fighting properties can also aid in impetigo prevention. Foods that are rich in zinc like snow peas and lentils remove infection from the body, often before it has the chance to do damage. Zinc also strengthens the cells and purifies the blood. Eating these foods with brown rice provides the body with substantial fiber, which is also helpful in preventing impetigo. Fiber moves impurities through the intestines quicker and prompts the impetigo virus to leave the body quicker.
You can also give your child green tea, which is a potent antioxidant and antibacterial ingredient that will stop impetigo in its tracks. Since the taste of green tea can be a little bitter for children, add all-natural apple juice or muddled berries to the tea to improve the taste. It’s also best to choose a decaffeinated version of green tea so you don’t accelerate your child’s nervous system and cause additional symptoms like nausea or headaches. Add some honey to the green tea to make your child’s immune system stronger and to encourage the white blood cells to let go of foreign substances in the body. Or, give you child a spoonful of honey each morning to keep impetigo from affecting the body, especially if your little one has just experienced an outbreak. Honey can be applied directly to impetigo sores and covered with bandages until the sores have dried.
It’s also a good idea to include a number of herbs, oils and teas into your child’s care routine. This is especially the case if your child goes to a crowded school or constantly interacts with other children in a preschool or playground setting. Lemon tea infused with herbs like dandelion and chamomile have powerful infection-fighting powers that will keep your child’s energy levels up and lessen the likelihood that impetigo will fully flourish in your little one’s body. Herbs like echinacea and red raspberry leaf remove infectious cells from the liver, intestines, kidneys, throat cells and blood stream.
Oils like bergamot and tea tree are beneficial if you want to put together a proactive plan to keep your child from getting impetigo. Tea tree oil removes infection from the skin instantly, and can be applied topically to your child’s skin at the first sign of an impetigo sore. Your little one can also bathe in tea tree oil after he or she has been playing in the park with other children, or has had a play date with several children. Place a few drops of tea tree oil in the bathwater. Or, add bergamot oil to your child’s bath for antibacterial power. Bergamot also has a pleasant citrus scent , so you can place a few drops of the oil in a humidifier to boost the energy levels of everyone in the home and lessen your family’s chances of contracting impetigo.