Children and toddlers can suffer from a number of skin conditions that can make them uncomfortable and cause concern for parents.
At Florida’s Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Windermere, our team led by Dr. Jeannette Hudgens treats patients of all ages.
Parents, if you are concerned about your child’s skin or notice something that requires treatment from a dermatologist, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today to schedule an appointment for your child.
Children’s skin problems can begin at birth and continue as they grow, from diaper rash to acne and other conditions. Some common pediatric skin conditions that we can treat at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center include diaper rash, atopic dermatitis, acne and warts.
What is diaper rash?
Diaper dermatitis, better known as diaper rash, is a type of skin condition that affects the area where diapers are worn. There are four kinds of diaper rash, including:
- Irritant contact dermatitis.
- Yeast overgrowth.
- Allergic contact dermatitis.
- Irritating skin conditions, including seborrheic dermatitis
By far the most common problem for infants and toddlers is irritant contact dermatitis. This problem occurs if a baby’s skin is exposed to urine or feces for an extended period. This type of rash is bright red and can lead to swelling or blisters in more severe cases. If irritant contact dermatitis is left untreated, infection can set in.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we can treat your child with creams and ointments to calm the rash and ease the child’s discomfort.
Yeast overgrowth can occur with exposure to moist and warm diapers. This condition can develop at the same time as irritant contact dermatitis. Yeast overgrowth presents with bright red patches and bumps. In some cases, pus-bumps form.
Allergic contact dermatitis is less common. This condition is usually prompted by an issue with the diaper you use. Symptoms can include swelling, redness and itchiness that returns to the same area again and again. It often can be found near diaper tape or around your child’s legs, where many diapers have elastic material.
Seborrheic dermatitis is also known as cradle cap in young infants. This condition can affect the scalp, nose area and eyebrows.
Atopic dermatitis, known as eczema, also affects children, although people of any age can suffer from this condition. Most infants grow out of this condition by the time they are 2 years old, but flare-ups can happen for years.
Atopic dermatitis cannot be cured, but our team at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center helps patients of all ages keep this condition under control and symptoms at bay.
Symptoms of atopic dermatitis in infants include:
- Red and dry patches of skin that are extremely itchy.
- Cheek rashes. These typically start to appear between two and six months of age.
- Rashes that ooze when scratched.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, our medical team examines children and meets with parents to review the safest and most effective treatment options. Each child is different, and treatment often depends on his or her age and how severe the skin problem is.
Warts and acne are also common skin problems which can impact children, teens and adults.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we have years of experience in treating these conditions in patients of all ages.
If your child is suffering from a painful skin condition, chances are you are suffering too – from worry. We can help treat your child’s skin condition and allow them to return to the important work of growing up happy and healthy.
To learn more about our pediatric skin treatments, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today.