Ringworm produces a classic, round rash on babies too. The rash is generally reddish with a rough, scaly border; the center may be clear. The rash is usually half an inch to an inch wide, but may grow. It might be itchy. Some types of eczema can look exactly like ringworm, especially in babies. If you notice an odd rash on your baby and don’t know what it is, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor before you start to assume what it is and go out and buy a ringworm cure.
A doctor can usually diagnose ringworm based on how the rash looks. If there’s any doubt, he can scrape a few cells from the rash and send them to the lab to be identified. Although ringworm is a common childhood infection, it’s not all that common in infants and toddlers. It’s more widespread in school-age children. Ringworm is spread by contact,” Burgert says. It’s typically transmitted from person to person, although kids often catch ringworm from pets (yup, dogs and cats can get ringworm too). The fungus that causes ringworm can linger on surfaces, too, so your child could catch ringworm by crawling on an infected surface.
Topical antifungal creams such as Lotrimin and Phytozine are the best treatment for ringworm. You can buy them over-the-counter on online without a prescription. Apply the cream according to the directions and seek medical attention if your child’s rash doesn’t begin to resolve in a few days. If the rash doesn’t improve with an antifungal cream, you might not be dealing with ringworm. Your child’s doctor will help pinpoint the cause of the rash and determine the appropriate treatment.