Pediatric Dermatology

What is pediatric dermatology?

As the name suggests pediatric dermatology, is the field that looks at the skin and skin conditions children and infants may suffer from. A pediatric dermatologist specializes in children's hair, nails, and skin. When given proper medical attention, children's skin conditions can be managed. Pediatric dermatologists look at children of all ages from infants to teenagers.

Importance of treating skin conditions in children

Children get skin conditions that can be uncomfortable and or or cause emotional upheaval such as acne in teenagers. Additionally, skin conditions in children may present differently than they do in adults. It is important to get children the support they need to ensure they have healthy skin. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and it protects us from germs, pollution, and the UV rays of the sun. If not cared for properly, the skin can suffer from infections and other diseases, some of which can be extremely serious. Thus, it is necessary to give children's skin the help it needs.

Common Pediatric Skin Conditions

There are several skin conditions that children may suffer from. Some of them are mentioned below:

  1. Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  2. Acne
  3. Birthmarks
  4. Warts
  5. Psoriasis or autoimmune skin disease causes a rash with itchy, scaly patches, on the skin as a result of inflammation.
  6. Skin Cancer
  7. Hair Loss

There are several other conditions that children might suffer from and need medical help with. However, most of these conditions can be managed, if not fully cured, with proper medical treatment.

What to Expect at the Pediatric Dermatologist

When you first take your child to a pediatric dermatologist, be sure to bring medical history and insurance documents. The pediatric dermatologist will need to have a good understanding of your child’s medical history before diagnosing any conditions or prescribing medication. 

It all begins with a conversation where you and your child can share your concerns regarding what brought you to the doctor's office. The pediatric dermatologist might then do a physical exam if the condition needs that. The exam itself will vary depending on what issues your child has. For this reason, it is best if your child wears loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

After an examination, the pediatric dermatologist may prescribe a treatment, such as a cream, diet change, or medication. Depending on the treatment, you may need to schedule an additional appointment or procedure, going to which is extremely important.

When to see a doctor?

If you see the symptoms of skin problems such as rashes, itching, white patches, or acne on your child's skin, it is time to visit the dermatologist. However, you do not need to wait till there is an issue to see a dermatologist as many who want glowing and healthy-looking skin, also visit a dermatologist periodically. This ensures that their skin is healthy and gets the care it needs. Furthermore, if your child has been recommended medication or topical creams or face-washes and such by a dermatologist who specializes in children's skin, hair, and nails, you must adhere to their advice. Follow-up care is extremely important. Thus, do take your child to see a dermatologist regularly.

Pediatric dermatology is a field that takes years of study. The offices of these doctors are suited for children and they need to treat kids with respect and care. Children and teenagers can go to dermatologists for various reasons ranging from skin concerns to infections. They may also go in just to ensure their skin is healthy, and looking beautiful, and their cosmetics aren't harming their natural skin barriers and microbiomes. There are several skin conditions children and teenagers can suffer from, some of which manifest differently in them than they would in adults. Thus, it is important to honour your child's concerns and take them to the doctor. You can take advice from the doctors at Apollo Kondapur for your child's skin concerns.

Request an appointment at Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad - Kondapur. Call 1860-500-1066 to book an appointment.

1. Can pediatric doctors treat skin concerns for children?

Pediatric dermatologists can diagnose and treat skin concerns. Your child's pediatrician will refer you to one if necessary.

2. Should I take my child to the doctor for acne or birthmarks?

While most birthmarks can be left alone, it's important to see a dermatologist soon after you notice a birthmark. This is because some birthmarks can cause problems later on. Going to the doctor and getting treatment can help prevent that or reassure you that the birthmark won't be a problem in the future. As for acne, it is a skin condition and it is best to see a dermatologist to know how to proceed.

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