Children’s skin is growing and developing at an exceptional rate, just like the rest of them. Their immune systems are also still progressing, and they are constantly being exposed to new things. This can lead to skin conditions or problems. Many of these conditions are completely harmless, but can be irritating or unsightly. Here are some to look out for.
Eczema is remarkably common in children. It presents as sore red skin, and can be very itchy. In some cases, the skin can become broken or infected and require steroid treatment. It is often found in warm, moist areas, such as a baby’s fat rolls, and tends to improve as children get older and these areas are exposed to the air more. In mild cases, it can be managed by avoiding scented bath products and washing powder as well as keeping your baby or child clean and dry.
Allergies are another common childhood ailment. Try introducing new foods one at a time, to make it easier to identify, and avoid, any allergies your child may have.
Keloid scars occur when scarring continues to grow once a wound has healed. While they aren’t common in children, because children get injured a lot while playing, those prone to keloid scars might suffer more than an adult with the same condition. Keloid scars aren’t harmful, but they can grow quite large. This can affect a child’s confidence, as well as cause irritation and rubbing. In some cases, keloid scar treatments may be needed to remove them.
Nappy rash is exceptionally common in babies and toddlers who wear nappies. It is caused by irritation and wet skin. The best ways to avoid nappy rash are to make sure you change nappies regularly, and as soon as you can when your child poos. Then, after cleaning, apply a barrier cream to protect the skin, and treat any soreness. It is now thought it’s best to avoid using talc as this just adds friction.
Most children suffer from chickenpox at some stage, as it’s unbelievably contagious. It’s generally seen as a good thing for children to have chickenpox, as it can be much more dangerous in later life, especially pregnancy. Chickenpox causes symptoms such as a fever, a rash and fatigue. The rash can be horribly itchy. If your child does contract chicken pox, ease the itching with a mild lotion, and try to stop them from scratching, as it can lead to scarring and damaged skin.
Impetigo is a highly contagious infection, which causes sore skin and blisters. Antibiotics can be used to shorten the length of time your child is infectious, but may not help the symptoms.
Slapped Cheek Syndrome
Slapped cheek syndrome looks just like it sounds. Your child will have bright red cheeks, as if they have been slapped. It isn’t contagious once the rash presents, and should go away on its own within 3 weeks. Most children don’t feel unwell while they have it.
If you notice any growths or rashes on your child’s skin, while they are probably harmless, it’s always best to get them seen by a doctor before trying any home remedies.