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 dermatologist who works with children and uses a delicate touch—one with years of experience in pediatric dermatology. At Minars Dermatology, our pediatric skin doctors are proud to offer dermatology treatments for kids of all ages, treating 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 pediatric dermatologists 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.
What Is A Pediatric Dermatologist?
A pediatric dermatologist sometimes referred to as ‘kid dermatologist’ or ‘child dermatologist’ is a skin specialist who treats children for various skin disorders. It is very common for most general dermatologists to be trained in pediatric dermatology during their residency and to offer their expertise and services to children dealing with different skin conditions. Our children’s skin doctors see children every day at our Hollywood, FL clinic.
What is a “Fellowship Trained Pediatric Dermatologist”?
This can be a little confusing. While all of our doctors were trained to see kids and their unique skin conditions during their residency – there is also such a thing as a “Fellowship-Trained Pediatric Dermatologist”. These doctors did an extra two years of fellowship training in pediatric dermatology (after their regular dermatology residency). These doctors have special expertise in rare and/or serious skin diseases in children. Our doctors see kids in the office every day and have expertise in treating 95% or more of the skin diseases seen in children. If they feel that the child’s skin condition is rare or serious – then they will refer that child to a “fellowship-trained pediatric dermatologist” for further care.
Common Childhood Skin Problems Our Dermatologists Treat:
Common Pediatric Dermatology Issues
“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. It is best to speak with a dermatologist near you who works with children if your baby is suffering from ‘baby acne’ for a consultation.
Itchy Scalp in Children
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 pediatric or ‘kid’ dermatologist 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 dermatologists who treat children 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 trusted pediatric skin doctor near you examine the spots to ensure the correct treatment plan.
Book an Appointment with our Pediatric Dermatologists in Hollywood, FL
While all of our doctors see pediatric patients, Dr. Stojadinovic takes the lead with some cases as our go-to child dermatology experts. Feel free to give us a call to book an appointment with a skin doctor for kids near you!
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.