Children are so famous for their creamy, lineless complexions that it’s easy to forget their skin is just as vulnerable as the adult kind, if not more so. When problems do crop up, you need a team with a delicate touch—and years of experience in pediatric dermatology. We treat children for eczema, rashes, stubborn acne, warts, molluscum (which spreads like wildfire when left untreated), and other common childhood skin problems.
Armed with stickers, lollypops, and colorful band-aids, our doctors and nurses know how to make the youngest patients feel safe, comfortable, and all-better fast, so that they can get back to doing what they love best: being kids.
Common childhood skin problems:
“Baby acne” is actually not “acne” at all – it’s an inflammatory reaction to the yeast that we all have on our skin. Some babies are more prone to a reaction and that results in the pimples and pustules that can be evident on a new baby’s skin. Newborns can be treated with an antifungal prescription, but “baby acne” that develops in babies 3 months to 18 months may need a bit stronger medication.
Flaky itchy scalp in children is not uncommon. While the term “dandruff” or seborrheic dermatitis is usually reserved for adults, it can also be an issue in children as young as infancy. Along with baby dandruff, there are a variety of things that can cause an itchy scalp in children. The issue could be attributed to flaky skin, ringworm, lice, or Sometimes an over-the-counter remedy can fix the issue – but in children, due to the strength of these products, were recommend a consultation with an expert in pediatric dermatology before you use one of these remedies.
Atopic Dermatitis, commonly called Eczema, can cause dry, itchy, sore, and patchy skin on anyone, from infants to adults. It most commonly manifests as red, dry, itchy skin and can be mild to extreme, even in infants. Parents with allergies and eczema may be more likely to have children with eczema, so genetics can be a factor, but not always. Keeping the skin moist and infection-free is the key component to treatment. Our doctors can help you manage your child’s eczema, as well as help you investigate possible triggers for the condition, from soaps to foods or other factors.
Pityriasis Rosea is a temporary skin condition that is common in older kids and teens. It often presents in pink or gray scaly skin that can last from 4 weeks to months in some cases. The rash usually starts on the chest, abdomen, back, or thighs and can sometimes be mistaken for ringworm. A qualified pediatric dermatologist’s care can help mitigate discomfort with a cortisone lotion, but it will resolve without treatment. Because it sometimes “looks like” ringworm, and ringworm can sometimes look like Pityriasis Rosea, it’s important to have a doctor examine the spots to ensure the correct treatment plan.
While all of our doctors see pediatric patients, Dr. Stojadinovic and Dr. Nolan take the lead with some cases. Feel free to give us a call to book with them at your convenience!
Katherine Nolan, MD
Dr. Nolan is a board-certified dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon with a clinical focus in hair loss, skin cancer and cosmetic dermatology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornell University and completed medical school with distinction in research at Mount Sinai in NYC.
Olivera Stojadinovic, MD
Dr. Olivera Stojadinovic (Dr. S.) is a board-certified dermatologist, holding the position of Voluntary Clinical Professor at the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology, University of Miami.
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