Dermatology has advanced rapidly in the modern era; people no longer ignore skin problems because treatment is readily available. The skin of a child is quite different from that of an adult and hence skin problems as well as their treatment differ as well. You can clearly see the difference if you look at a photo of an African child and a fully-grown man, the difference in their skin will be quite noticeable in the photo. (Information credit: https://africanskin.co.za/downloads/category/lifestyle/children/)
How is a child’s skin different?
The skin of a child is soft and does not need much attention and care. When a baby is born, it possesses soft, supple and flawless skin. It remains the same way for the first few years of the child’s life, if there are no sudden problems. Although the skin is usually perfect during this time, it is also very vulnerable and can develop problems as well. You cannot treat skin problems of children in the same way as that of adults.
There are some common skin problems present in both adults and children, but most of them need special care. Dermatology clinics have photos and images which depict skin problems in children for a better understanding.
Common Skin Problems:
Any dermatology clinic has scores of images representing some of the most common skin problems. These include:
Adult Skin Problems:
If it is a photo gallery for adult skin problems, you will have scores of images portraying some common problematic skin problems. Images are available for:
- Acne rosacea
- Nail fungus and disease
- Actinic keratosis
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Skin tags
Unique Skin Problems in Children:
Skin problems in children as represented in images might be a bit different from that of adults.
- Diaper dermatitis
- Fungal infections
- Skin infections
- Cradle cap
Doctors often carry out the treatment as soon as the diagnosis has been completed. Images do have a major role in the diagnosis of skin problems. In fact, patients too can relate with the images and understand that they are suffering from a specific condition.
1. Treatment of infants: Communication between the dermatologist and the patient is very important for the correct treatment. If the doctor cannot understand the problem well, then treatment might not be done properly. However, infants cannot communicate or explain their conditions. So, the doctor must observe and examine the baby to understand the problem. He should also ask the parents questions like how the issue has occurred, if there are other symptoms, and if there has been a change in the infant’s behaviour.
2. Treatment of children: Children, on the other hand, can communicate, but they tend to be wary of any doctor. So, dermatologists treating young patients must have excellent communication skills. A doctor should approach children with a friendly attitude for them to speak about their problems freely. The doctor can explain the problem to the parents by using an African Skins collection of children’s photos depicting the specific skin problem.
You can learn about children’ skin care more from African Skins collection of children’s photos with various dermatology conditions.