Skin infections a severe problem for Aboriginal kids

The demographic is 15 times more likely to be hospitalised for a skin infection

Aboriginal children are requiring hospital treatment for abscesses and scabies at 15 times higher rates than non-Aboriginal children, a WA study shows.

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The review of data from 450,000 children born in WA found that infants had the highest rates of hospital admissions for serious skin infections.

Eight out of every 100 Aboriginal children were hospitalised with a skin infection before their first birthday, with the most common diagnoses being an abscess (42%), cellulitis (26%)