Children do tend to get more accute infections and conditions than adults because their immune system is still developing. Grown-ups often enjoy a better health, and their health problems are mostly derived from lifestyle choices and/or chronic conditions, and even the effects of ageing. In the case of the little ones, they are often more vulnerable to infections and germs such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, which are present in the environment but more rarely affect older people with a longer history of exposure.
Skin conditions in children might cause a series of symptoms that need diagnosis and treatment, not only in order to get rid of the condition in the first place, but also because kids might hurt themselves or make themselves worse because of the way they react to those symptoms. Perhaps the most common case is itching: rashes or other skin features that itch may lead to excessive scratching, causing more inflammation, lesions on the skin, and even the spreading of the infection along the tissue. Scratching infected skin can increase the likelihood of contagion, because the infectious agent is now on your child's fingers. Also, the abrasion produced by scratching may open up a way for the germs to get inside your child's bloodstream, potentially making the condition worse.
Most skin problems in children are not dangerous and tend to heal by themselves or with little medication, but without the proper care they might have complications such as the ones described above. In the very rare case that the symptoms are a sign of something serious going on, early diagnosis often makes the chances of recovery go much higher. In brief, keeping an eye on your child's skin and calling a dermatologist any time you detect something strange or your child complains about itching or discomfort about their skin, is the best thing you can do to protect their health and wellbeing.
Common skin disorders in children range from topical fungal infections to a wide variety of viruses, altough parasytes and lice might be the culprit in some cases. Most skin conditions of the little ones are not life-threatening and very rarely cause severe complications, but diseases that are actually serious might cause some sort of skin rash or other symptom, so it's best to consult your dermatologist in order to rule out an underlying, more dangerous condition.
Viruses are behind most of children's usual skin conditions, from chickenpox to rubeola, roseola and the fifth disease. Fungi are behind other common infections such as ringworm and athlete's feeet. There are skin conditions that are completely or partially triggered by emotional distress, such as eczema or dermatitis, and some say that psoriasis is a psychosomatic phenomenon as well. In these last cases, there is a latent infection but its manifestation gets triggered through the neuroimmune system and/or a change in hormonal imbalance.
In the age of the Internet, it has become much easier to access information on virtually anything. However, this also means that there is less control over what is put out there and what people can actually read, so not all information you can get a grasp on is accurate. Info on pediatric skin conditions is no exception, and it is not uncommon that parents worry and get scared about horribe possible causes of rashes that might not be actually as severe. For that reason, we suggest that, if you have any doubt about your child's skin, instead of consulting Dr. Google as many do, you make an appointment with a professional dermatologist.
You can go to your GP or make an appointment with your dermatologist, or opt for virtual assistance which is becoming more and more available in the Internet. Online practices offer certified and accurate information on many conditions and let you speak via chat or videochat to an actual physician for a first examination and consultation. If you have a busy lifestyle or are uneasy about something that you've seen on your child's skin and really want to get your peace of mind back, then an online practice is a great idea.
If you want to do more research about the topic anyway, make sure that you consult blog articles or pages that are written by professional doctors and certified by some sort of institution or organization that makes sure the information given is accurate. Check the quality of the site's homepage so you get an idea what you're dealing with.
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