>(Idon't know what scabies actually is, sounds like some Victoriandisease. However, I'm presuming that itchy skin mites are not a signof a well-cared for baby.)
A tiny mite has infested humans for at least 2,500 years. It is often hard to
detect and causes a fierce, itchy skin condition known as scabies.
Dermatologists estimate that more than 300 million cases of scabies occur
worldwide every year. The condition can strike anyone of any race or age,
regardless of personal hygiene. But there is good news: with better detection
methods and treatments, scabies need not cause more than temporary distress.
More than an Itch: How Scabies Develops
The microscopic mite that causes scabies can barely be seen by the human eye. A
tiny, eight-legged creature with a round body, the mite burrows within the
skin. Within several weeks the patient develops an allergic reaction. This
results in severe itching, often intense enough to keep sufferers awake all
Human scabies is almost always caught from another person by close contact - it
could be a child, a friend, or another family member. Dermatologists, who
frequently treat patients with scabies, point out that scabies is not a
condition only of low-income families, neglected children, or poor hygiene.
Although, more prominent in crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene -
everyone is susceptible.http://www.aad.org/pamphlets/Scabies.html
mom to Juliette, 7, adopted from China