Children and teenagers are not immune to acute or chronic skin conditions. Children can experience teasing because of visible skin conditions, or might feel embarrassed when symptoms first develop and they might not speak up. Paediatric dermatologists specialise in children’s dermatology and dermatologists see teenager and adults.
Reassure your child that if they ever feel sick or something isn’t the same as usual, they can always come to you for help. When they do approach you for help, reassure them that it was the right thing to do.
It might be something that you can treat at home like a small rash, or you might need to see a doctor about it. Sometimes it helps to do something small for them, even if it just putting a brightly coloured bandaid on it. Being listened to and taken care of can make kids feel a lot better and less anxious.
If your child is being bullied or is embarrassed at school
Remind your child that having a skin condition is often temporary and nothing to be embarrassed about; many of them are very common (even other children in the class could have had it too!). You should speak to the teacher and school about bullying.
Skin conditions in children and teens
This list is not definitive; it highlights some of the common skin conditions that children and teenagers might encounter.
Nits / Lice
In Australia, nits are a public health concern. Your child should not go to school if they have nits and treatments should be commenced straight away.
Warts are very common in children, but many children are worried about painful procedures. There are options to treat warts that are not very (or even at all) painful, and speaking with the doctor can help you find one that is suitable.
Eczema or dermatitis can be really itchy, leading to scratching, wounds and scars. Treat eczema with topical treatments to minimise itchy, dry skin and speak to your GP who can organise a referral for your child to see a dermatologist.
Puberty is starting earlier in youth than it was a hundred years ago, and children as well as teens are experiencing acne. Acne can be treated with a good skin health routine and over the counter medicines, but if it is not improving speak to your GP who can organise a referral for your child to see a dermatologist to help manage acne effectively.
We offer a range of dermatology and skincare services at ENT Clinic. Give us a call and make an appointment with us today on 1300 123 368.