Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Careful wound care and good nutrition are essential to your or your child's health. If blisters are left intact, they can enlarge, which creates a bigger wound when they finally break. Talk to your doctor about safe ways for you to break and drain blisters before they get too large. Your doctor can also recommend products to use to keep the affected areas moist to promote healing, such as gauze that contains a moisturizing agent, and prevent infection.

When tending to your child's wounds:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your child's blisters.
  • If a soiled dressing sticks, don't pull it off. Soak the area in warm water until the dressing loosens.

If oral or esophageal blisters are inhibiting your child's ability to eat, here are some suggestions:

  • If drinking from breast or bottle causes your infant to develop blisters, try using nipples designed for premature infants or infants with cleft palate or a facial birth defect, or use a syringe or eyedropper.
  • For older children, puree foods with extra liquid, such as broth or milk, to make them softer.
  • Serve soft, nutritious foods such as vegetable soups and fruit smoothies.
Sep. 27, 2011

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