How To Stop Skin Infections

How To Stop Skin Infections

Simple steps you can take to prevent your child getting a skin infection.


Stop skin infections

Check some resources you can print in English, Māori, Samoan and Tongan.

  • wash and dry your hands throughout the day to stop germs spreading
  • wash your face and body every day to wash away germs

Graphic of child washing and drying hands and washing face and body

  • cut and clean under your finger nails to stop germs living under your nails
  • stop insect bites and skin injuries because bites and injuries get infected
  • every day clean and cover insect bites, cuts and sores to wash away germs and stop them spreading

Graphics showing various ways of stopping skin infections

Find and fix infections

  • every day check sores and cuts for signs of infection - are they red, warm, sore?
  • see a nurse or doctor if the infection is bigger than a 10 cent coin, or you are worried
  • if you get medicine or cream, use it as instructed to kill germs in the body after the skin has healed

Graphics showing ways to find and fix skin infections


The content on this page is based on the Stop skin infections poster (PDF, 2.09MB), developed by the Northern Region Skin Prevention Group with support from Health Literacy NZ, KidsHealth, Procare Charitable Foundation and Starship Foundation. 


This page last reviewed 09 September 2020.

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