While ensuring your baby has everything they need to develop and grow properly, you may be wondering about one aspect of their health, which is skin health. Just like teens and adults, babies can also suffer from skin issues, and certain conditions start being apparent before they reach the age of six. Common skin conditions in babies include allergic reactions, birthmarks, moles, and skin infections.
The answer to the question of whether you can bring your baby to a dermatologist is always yes. However, not just any dermatologist will do. Make sure to see a pediatric dermatologist who specializes in treating children of all ages.
What Can a Pediatric Dermatologist Do for My Baby?
If your baby has abnormal growths on their skin, you should take them to see a dermatologist. Babies are not able to communicate clearly what they are feeling, and some skin issues cause fussiness, frequent crying, trouble sleeping, and later in childhood, embarrassment and self-consciousness, which can affect your child’s overall wellbeing.
Below are some of the most common skin conditions affecting babies that pediatric dermatologists are highly experienced in treating:
- Eczema: This is a common skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry, and cracked and is commonly due to an allergic reaction to something in the environment or their diet. Other possible causes include contact with irritants, such as certain soaps or detergents, and conditions that make the skin dry and cracked, such as cold weather.
- Birthmarks: These are markings on the skin that are present at birth or develop soon after birth. Common birthmarks in babies are hemangiomas and port-wine stains, and they can cause serious complications later on. Treatment for hemangiomas and port wine stains is usually recommended as soon as possible.
- Moles: These are growths on the skin that vary in size, shape, and color. If moles interfere with your baby’s healthy development, or if they have too many moles, the dermatologist may recommend a removal procedure to reduce melanoma risk, as congenital moles are more prone to developing it. Moles that change in shape should also be checked by a dermatologist.
- Warts: Any wart on the body must be brought to the attention of a pediatric dermatologist, as these can spread quickly. Even more so if the wart is on a sensitive part of the body, such as the face, genitals, or rectum.
- Diaper dermatitis: Diaper dermatitis is characterized by red, inflamed skin in the diaper area caused by several things, including wet diapers, irritants in the diaper (such as urine or feces), and allergies. If the rash is severe despite you keeping the diaper area clean and dry, the dermatologist can prescribe treatment to help clear it up.
Pediatric Dermatologist in Miami and Coral Gables, FL
Dr. Ana M. Duarte at The Children’s Skin Center is dedicated to treating children’s skin issues, from infancy to early adulthood. Dr. Duarte is board-certified and fellowship trained in pediatric dermatology, which means she has advanced training in treating pediatric dermatological conditions and can give your child the best possible care available in South Florida. The Children’s Skin Center team works hard to maintain a kid-friendly environment that will keep you and your child relaxed and comfortable. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Duarte, call our office today at (305) 669-6555 or use our convenient online request form.