Cellulitis is a common and unfortunately painful bacterial skin infection. Most often cellulitis in children affects the skin on the arms and legs, making these areas tender, warm, and painful to touch.

Cellulitis can spread quickly, and so parents need to seek pediatric cellulitis treatment as soon as possible to control the symptoms.

We here at Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care are well equipped to handle bacterial infections and will provide excellent treatment alongside comfort and reassurance.

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Is Cellulitis Dangerous?

We’ll cut to the chase. Yes, cellulitis is dangerous. If not treated, the bacteria may enter the bloodstream and cause an infection in the bloodstream.

If you don’t seek rapid and appropriate treatment, your child may be liable to experience more severe complications which can be life-threatening.

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Symptoms of Cellulitis

Normal skin has many types of bacteria living on it. When there is a break in the skin, these bacteria can cause a skin infection. Skin in the infected area will become red, hot, irritated, and painful.

The most common symptoms of cellulitis in children are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Pain or tenderness in the affected area
  • Skin redness or inflammation that gets bigger as the infection spreads.
  • Skin sore or rash that starts suddenly, and grows quickly in the first 24 hours.
  • Tight, glossy, “stretched” appearance of the skin.
  • Warm skin in the area of redness.

If your child presents with any of the above symptoms, we recommend you contact your pediatrician or bring your child to our nearest Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care Center for immediate care.

How Do We Diagnose Cellulitis?

Our expertly trained physicians will be able to diagnose pediatric cellulitis by simply looking at your child’s skin. The examination may reveal one or a few of the above symptoms to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis.

If the cellulitis has spread to various locations or presents with more general symptoms, your doctor may carry out a diagnostic blood test.

Your pediatrician will then make a decision based on the severity and location of the infection, and formulate a treatment plan.

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Treatment of Cellulitis In Pediatrics

Pediatric cellulitis treatment involves taking medication for 5-14 days, depending on the treatment of choice. Your pediatrician may also decide to prescribe additional medication if your child seems to be experiencing any discomfort.

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When to Call your Pediatrician or Return to Night Lite Pediatrics:

  • Fever does not go down (temp over 101.1F) or gets worse.
  • Increasing pain, swelling or chills.
  • Develop a blister at the infected site, redness spreads, or red streaks are coming from the infected site.
  • The joint or bone under the infected area becomes painful after the skin has healed.
  • Develop numbness or tingling.


Some of the most commonly asked questions regarding cellulitis in kids and treatment are answered below:

Cellulitis is caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria that have entered the body through a cut, wound, or bug bite.

You should notice recovery of your child’s skin in 7-10 days following antibiotic treatment.

Cellulitis is treated using antibiotics prescribed in a healthcare setting.

Cellulitis does not spread from person to person unless you have an open wound that touches the infected area of skin on an infected individual.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.


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