Skin diseases in infants – Show noticeable skin changes to the dermatologist

Skin diseases in infants - Show noticeable skin changes to the dermatologist

Young parents can’t get enough of their offspring. They keep looking at him, playing and talking to him. And that’s a good thing, according to the Munich dermatologist Prof. Dietrich Abeck, because skin diseases are immediately recognizable. At the same time, however, the expert on skin diseases in childhood reassures young parents. Not every skin change is an alarm signal that points to a disease.

The skin has to adapt first.

Some skin changes are only temporary “difficulties in adapting” the skin to the changed living conditions after birth. “The so-called newborn acne, for example, is caused by hormonal changes and does not require treatment,” explains Abeck. Sometimes, skin rashes are harmless vaccine reactions. However, such a “rash” can also be caused by an infection that needs to be treated. An allergic reaction to care products or complementary food is also conceivable. The dermatologist will then look for the triggers and recommend avoiding them in the future.

 

Show any noticeable skin changes to the dermatologist.

  • “Parents should have any unusual skin symptoms in their baby, such as exanthema, eczemahemangioma or conspicuous pigmentation, clarified by a dermatologist,” advises Abeck.
  • Red, dry, weeping, or itchy skin can indicate what is known as “atopic eczema” – a common diagnosis in young children. “But special care and early, adequate treatment can positively affect the course of neurodermatitis,” emphasizes Abeck.
  • Babies with blood sponges should also be presented to the dermatologist. The specialist will advise the parents about professional cryo or laser treatment possibilities.
  • The new parents should also examine consistent pigmentations, especially moles. The dermatologist will clarify whether it is a question of pigmentation disorders or cell proliferation and – if necessary – check in the further course whether the changes persist, increase or heal spontaneously. In the case of birthmarks, the dermatologist will clarify with a practised eye whether they need to be removed and then determine the right time.

Safety through visiting the doctor

“Especially in the case of skin abnormalities in infancy, it is essential that concerned parents get an appointment with a dermatologist at short notice,” emphasizes Abeck. “Most of the time, it’s enough for the experienced specialist to take a quick look at it to classify the skin change correctly.” In many cases, the expert can then give the “all clear” so that unnecessary examinations and treatments can be avoided.

 

Dermatologist Tips: sun protection – right from the start!

Excessive UV radiation, especially sunburn, in childhood, is a crucial risk factor for later skin cancer.

  • Dermatologists, therefore, warn against too much sun on delicate children’s skin.
  • Stay in the shade, especially with infants and toddlers!
  • Susceptible children’s skin must be additionally protected by textiles and sun blockers.
  • Remember your hat!

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