Will my children get warts?

Warts are tumors or growths that occur on the skin when the keratin component of it grows too fast. This is caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus, otherwise commonly known as HPV. They are also very contagious and hence can be easily transferred from one individual to another through skin to skin contact.

Among the biggest questions many parents ask themselves regarding to the subject is  “will my children get them?” To address this, let me first indicate that they are not inheritable. Therefore a parent who has some cannot transfer them to his or her child via genes. However, in the case of genital warts, a mother can easily pass the HPV virus to a new born baby during birth.
What is passed from parent to child is immunity. A parent with a low immunity against HPV virus is likely to have a child who has the same low immunity. However, the chance of this happening depends on many factors including the genetical make up of the child conceiving partner.
Warts are very rare in children under the age of three. Above this age, the frequency of their occurrence keeps rising with age. Among children between age four and six for example, five to ten percent of them get warts. For the children between the ages of sixteen to twenty, fifteen to twenty percent of them have them. This frequency, surprisingly, starts going down in adult hood.
Warts on children are usually very stubborn. This is mainly because children do not tend to understand the fact that they are contagious and can be spread from one single spot to other body parts.  You may for example, find them scratching or biting at the area and spreading their infection to the fingers and mouth respectively. This is something that should be prevented, and to do this, you should ensure that infected areas on young children are covered at all times.
Apart from that, getting to remove them as fast as possible is also important. There are many methods of removal that are available today but due to the sensitivity of a child’s skin, you should consult a dermatologist who will in turn advise further on the best way possible to remove them.

wartsFurther Reading: Removing Warts –  Are Warts Dangerous? –  Can warts turn cancerous?

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