The skin of babies and young children is more delicate than adults. This sensitivity means that they are often more vulnerable to skin conditions and infections. Some of these issues are age-specific, such as cradle cap and diaper rash while others, such as eczema or hair disorders or birthmarks, could require long-term management. This is, no doubt, why 30% of primary pediatric care is around skin-related problems, according to The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.
While children can develop most of the same skin conditions as adults, they are more prone to some than others. Some of these include:
- Seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap or dandruff)
- Tinea (ringworm)
- Rashes, such as diaper rash
- Molluscum contagiosum
Unlike adults, they are also more prone to infections of the skin. This includes fungal infections, such as ringworm, and viral infections, such as herpes or warts. Parasitic infections, such as lice, are also more common in children.
Because younger skin has unique needs, many treatments that are safe for adults would damage the juvenile epidermis. This is why it’s important to visit a dermatology practice that is experienced in recognizing and diagnosing conditions that are childhood-specific.
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The field of pediatric dermatology focuses on the skin of infants through to 13-year-olds. At APDerm, we specialize in dermatology for the whole family. Our environment is relaxed and family-focused so that you and your children can receive state-of-the-art care with no stress and minimal discomfort!
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