Natural Treatments for Childhood Impetigo

| Modified on May 14, 2022
Dog Cure
Posted by Maria (Canberra, Australia) on 05/14/2022

I had Impetigo on my right knee in 1950 when I was in primary school. My parents tried many natural therapies, I was having home schooling to prevent the spread, but the sores persisted for a long time and were red and itchy. One day when I was crouching down wearing shorts, our cocker spaniel came right up to the sore on my knee and licked it for a long time. That stopped the itch, the Impetigo healed up right away and didn't return.

Colloidal Silver and Turmeric
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 06/23/2015

My nine year old son had impetigo under his nose. I sprayed colloidal silver onto the area every time I thought of it. (Probably 5 times a day.) It cleared up in a few days.

I think it cleared up easily with the silver because he was already taking turmeric for something else. He was taking 4 capsules (or 1 teaspoon) twice a day. That may be a lot of turmeric for a 9 year old, but he is a big boy and has taken turmeric often in the past, so I knew that it would be fine for him. Usually for a child of that age I would use 1/2 teaspoon of 2 capsules twice a day.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Debbi (Monsey, Ny) on 12/24/2014

My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with staph impetigo. Dermatologist prescribed antibiotics, mupirocin cream and hibiclens wash.

I discovered this website and decided not to give the antibiotics. I washed her daily with the hibiclens wash and gave her turmeric once a day (opened up the capsule, mixed it with a little juice). I also made a paste with the turmeric and applied it on her wounds after washing it.

After literally two days I saw a tremendous difference; it's now 5 days after starting to do this and it is healing beautifully. Hope it continues this way.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Rosanne (Toronto) on 02/15/2014

My son had a few spots of impetigo around his mouth and nose. I swabbed them three times a day with Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)in water. I use a solution of 1 tablespoon of water and 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract. I was really pleased with how quickly it worked.

Grape Seed Extract, Garlic
Posted by Island Mommy (St. Thomas, Vi, Usa) on 04/07/2013

Wow, I'm such a scatter brain! I was reading the results with Grapefruit seed extract, and I misread the posts and thought it was Grape Seed extract, but hey, it worked. I'm not sure if it was the GSE, or the Garlic oil that I mixed together with it, but hey, it worked! They ony had GSE in powdered pill form, so I cut open the pills, and made a paste with garlic oil, and I was definitely happy with the results!! My 19 month old had gotten impretigo 2 times before, and I used antibiotics both times, but when he contraced it again, I was totally fed up, and didnt want him on the meds anymore, especially since his teeth were browning from them. I also bathed him in a bath with tea tree oil drops. I am soooo grateful to Earth Clinic for finding alternative remedies for my children!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mary (Spring City, Pa) on 05/07/2011

Hi, I want to reach out to you even though you may, hopefully, have healed your baby's condition. The antibiotics made your baby's ph balance overy acidic and created a fertile ground for candida ( yeast) to grow which is what impetigo is, yeast.

Changing your baby's ph balance to high alkaline through diet and enviroment you will be able to make use of these natural remedies.

Homeopathic Remedies
Posted by Me (Fremont, Ca) on 11/13/2010

My four and seven year olds recently got blisters that grew quickly and scarily. I now believe this was impetigo because of its appearance and aggressive progression, but at the time all we could think of is poison oak. We purchased Hylands Homeopathic Poison Ivy / Oak Remedy, a sublingual tablet and followed the directions. Interestingly, it has worked amazingly well! Within maybe two days the sores were visibly smaller and continued to clear until gone.

My friend's son caught it from my son and they went the antibiotic route. Their son's sores returned but with this homeopathic remedy it has not come back for us. The formula on the back is listed as: RHUS TOXICODENDRON 6X, HPUS; CROTON TIGLIUM 6X, HPUS; XEROPHYLLUM 6X, HPUS; IN A BASE OF A LACTOSE USP.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Dg (Atlanta, Ga) on 06/17/2010

The water in Atlanta can be really harsh. Try bathing the baby in filtered water then add the other suggestions.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Equality (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 06/14/2010

Hello, I REALLY need help finding a cure for my 7 month old daughter's impetigo. The prescription creams and oral antibiotics are not working. I have also tried giving her turmeric mixed in her baby food, applied a turmeric cream to her skin, tried putting baking soda and peroxide in baths. Nothing seems to be working. I saw some improvement by keeping the sores covered with bandages, however she has many sores and the challenge is getting them all covered without her getting upset, which seems to make the condition worse. Whenever she cries the sores weep. I have read some of Ted's suggestions and the one where you mix borax, iodine, baking soda etc...seems like it might work, but I don't know the EXACT recipe. I already have most things to make the mix. FYI my daughter is has just been introduced to a few solid foods, and generally eats one solid meal per day about dinner time. Other than that she is breastfed. She also had to take antibiotics for 7 days after she was born, to "prevent" an unknown (to me) infection. She did swallow meconium during labor, but so did one of my other children and they did not take this precaution. She began suffering from impetigo around two months old. I would appreciate any help you could offer. Thanks!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Sarah (Monrovia, CA USA) on 12/29/2008

Coconut oil work wonders for impetigo. My daughter had impetigo. her doctor prescribed iodine and Bactroban cream which worked well. But recently she has break out on the lips inside the mouth. I tried the cream for a few days, but it does not help much because of the saliva. So I tried coconut oil. Wow, it works so fast! I appllied VCO on her lips just like applying lotion before sleep and the next morning the lesion became black and dried up.

Ivory Soap and Campho-Phenique
Posted by Elaine (Lubbock, TX) on 08/10/2007

When I was very young, I had impetigo on half of my head. My mother stumbled onto the simplest remedy after all other traditional medical treatments failed. She would wash the area with plain Ivory soap, and then apply Campho-Phenique. The impetigo healed within days, instead of the weeks that she had used the usual prescribed methods of antibiotics and salves. Years later when I had my own daughter, I was trying the usual modern medicine way, the doctor had prescribed gentian violet (which burns like the dickens) and the condition was just spreading. My mother reminded me of how she helped mine to heal and I promptly did as she had, and I am happy to report that the impetigo that I had battle with my daughter for a couple of weeks, was rapidly healed within 48 hours of starting the soap, water and campho-phenique. Sometimes simplicity is the key.

Posted by Ang (uckland, New Zealand) on 02/01/2008

Thank you for your wonderful website! I tried your tumeric cure on my 8 1/2 year old son, who just recently had school sores (impetigo), and then started to develop a boil (which is exactly what happened last time he had school sores at age 5 - he then went on to have boils for about 4 months). I gave him a tsp of tumeric in a chocolate milkshake 3 x per day for two days and the boil totally dried up and didn't get big or painful...and, no more boils have developed after 1 week! Awesome!!