Itchy bottoms in 2-7 yr olds.
There are several causes and the one
most people think of at first is pin worms. They can sure cause it and
especially at night. Little white threads 1 cm and moving in the stool
or see them outside anus at night. The medication for them is PinX and
is over the counter. There are several other causes of itchy bottoms.
Not wiping well or using chemical wipes. Just use paper or water and
paper. Coat the area with Vaseline, A&D ointment, or my Bobo cream
concoction at my web site under diaper rash
article. The itchy bottom can also be caused by a strep infection
around the anus called “Perianal Strep infection.” It looks like this
picture. It is irritated feeling and they scratch it. It is treated by
oral antibiotics. It is uncommon but I see one a year in my practice.
Some people think it is just a rash but it is an infection that needs
treating. Then there are yeast rashes and body lice that can cause itchy
bottoms as well. Yucky topic but common in kids and rarely adults.
Roger Knapp MD