Why are there warts on my children’s hands?
As a parent, you must be prepared for any situation, but some may take you by surprise. One of these surprise situations is warts. They just appear in our children’s hands or feet, and we have to deal with it. We have to explain to our kids what’s happening with their body and why that ugly thing can’t be removed as fast as possible. But are we, the adults, prepared to answer these questions?
What causes warts on children’s hands?
First thing you need to know is that a wart is not cancerous and it doesn’t represent a threat to your child’s health. They are a bunch of cells gathered in an ugly growth at the skin surface. The most common reason warts appear on children is the human papillomavirus or HPV.
Warts tend to appear in warm, moist places on our bodies like hands, feet, small scratches or cuts, or fingers. They are painless unless they form in an area where they are constantly stepped on (soles of the feet) or bumped.
The most common way your child could have taken warts is from another child. Warts appear at 6 to 7 months since the infection, and you can’t tell if one of the kids has it until it starts growing. Good hygiene and a good immune system could be a shield against warts, but there is no way to prevent them.
Now that you know what causes warts on children’s hands, you must find out about methods of treatment. The most common method is to leave it alone, and it will disappear in time. Because we are talking about children here, it’s a bit hard to convince them to go to school with such an ugly thing on their hands. That’s why there are other two methods you can apply.
Some parents choose to try with homemade remedies they’ve heard or know from their parents. It’s not guaranteed that they may work, but you should give it a try. Apply lemon juice or castor oil on the wart every day, twice a day, and in about 6 or 7 weeks you may see the result.
Another method is to use a pharmaceutical product specially created for removing warts. There are two main types: one based on a chemical solution and one based on freezing warts.
There are other methods you can use, but you have to talk to your doctor before applying any of those.