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When should I call the doctor about my child’s abscess or boil?

Call your child’s doctor if your child has any of these:

  • The infection is not better in 2 days or gets worse, such as:
  • Increased pain, warmth or swelling to the area
  • Increased redness or streaking (a red line or streak coming out of the sore area)
  • It suddenly gets worse after a period of getting better.
  • Fever lasts more than 2 days after starting antibiotics or if your child has chills.
  • The gauze or drain comes out before it is supposed to
  • Your child is unable to take the prescribed medication.

Also call your child’s doctor if you have any questions or concerns about how your child looks or feels.

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