Pediatric dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in newborns, children, and adolescents. Pediatric dermatologists receive specialized training to treat a wide variety of skin conditions in the pediatric field. Common skin conditions include:
Usually, your child’s pediatrician may advise you to take your son or daughter to a pediatric dermatologist for a variety of reasons. This is often the case if the pediatrician is not familiar with treating a given condition, if current treatments aren’t working, or if your child is suffering from something more serious. Signs of a potentially serious skin condition include itchiness, as well as sudden changes in size, color, texture, or shape. In addition, if your child is suffering from a recurrent skin problem or one that may be allergy related, you should schedule an appointment with a pediatric dermatologist.
First, your specialist reviews your child’s medical history, inquiring about how long they have had the condition, and what their symptoms typically look like. Next, your pediatric dermatologist performs a physical exam to check your child’s body for any potential problems. If something looks unusual, your dermatologist orders a few tests like skin scrapings, blood tests, or tissue biopsies to make sure everything is okay.
Because pediatric dermatologists focus solely on skin conditions found in children, they know how best to examine and treat children in a way that puts them at ease. These specialists are familiar with what’s normal growth and development for your child, and when something might not be right. As a result, pediatric dermatologists are experts when it comes to diagnosing and managing childhood skin diseases. Pediatric dermatologists also can help teenagers diagnosed with chronic problems easily transition from the pediatric setting to adult care.
If you think your child could benefit from seeing a dermatologist who specializes in pediatrics, call CANE + AUSTIN Medi Spa or request an appointment online. The staff would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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