Please share your experiences dealing with Molluscum in small children.
You are not our child's doctor. Her primary care doctor believes that our 2-year old is experiencing molluscum contagiosum
outbreak. His recommendation for treatment is "benign neglect" in so far as she has only a few bumps and the possible medical solutions (freezing, scraping, topical treatments) are said to be either mostly ineffective and/or painful for the child. Of course, I've been doing online "research" and find a huge range of treatments and a wide array of responses from Oh My God, your child is a contagious leper requiring seclusion and shunning to Attack the Virus on All Fronts to Whatever, it'll go away eventually, maybe in a year or two.
She has about 4 bumps on her neck that are exposed when she's wearing a shirt, and a couple on her back, and then 1-2 on a leg and and arm. It looks like she also has one on her face and that's the one that concerns me the most.
I know parents that have gone to pediatric dermatologists and sought all kinds of treatments and of course, I'll do that if it seems warranted but I guess I'm leaning toward a the initial recommendation to just wait it out. But then I second guess this approach and think that maybe the doctor is just brushing us off and that I should be a stronger advocate for my child. For now we're just monitoring the spread of the virus and hoping it doesn't get worse. Should we be doing more? Are there at-home treatments that others have found to be effective?
She is in daycare, part-time and does go swimming with us. Neither of those activities needs to be restricted, according to most everything I read. There are other threads on molluscum
here but they are focused on the experiences of adults.