THIS report is a brief record of our experience in treating impetigo neonatorum with small doses of penicillin. We feel that it is worth recording because the method materially simplified the treatment and technics in the nursery of newly born infants.
Between Jan. 1, 1944 and May 15, 1945, 10 infants with impetigo were seen among the newly born babies in the obstetric nursery at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn. The eruptions occurred in spite of the fact that no baths or inunctions with oil were given to any of the babies during their stay in the hospital. While this is not a large number, each instance seriously complicated the nursing care in our ward, already understaffed and overbusy.
Under our previous routine, each baby as soon as the diagnosis was made was moved to an isolation ward, where he was kept until all symptoms had disappeared. As a rule,