Skin Disorders In Children

Children can get many of the same skin problems as adults. Infants and toddlers are also at risk for diaper-related skin problems. Because of their exposure to other children and to germs, kids may also experience skin problems not commonly had by adults.

Although many childhood skin problems disappear with age, children can also inherit skin disorders that are genetic and permanent.

Children are more likely than adults to get rashes or hives in response to food or environmental allergens. They are also more likely than adults to experience childhood illnesses—such as chickenpox or measles—that cause skin conditions.

In most cases, childhood skin disorders that are temporary can be treated with topical creams, tepid baths, or condition-specific drugs. Childhood skin disorders include the following :

  • eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • diaper dermatitis
  • seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap)
  • chickenpox and measles
  • warts
  • acne
  • roseola
  • Fifth disease
  • hives
  • ringworm
  • rashes from bacterial or fungal infections
  • rashes from allergic reactions

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