Why Your Child Needs a Pediatric Dermatologist


When it comes to taking care of your children’s medical needs, a specialist who understands them both physically and mentally is always going to be able to provide more fine-tuned service than a generalist. The same rule rings true in dermatology. If your child is suffering from any form of skin ailment or condition, a pediatric dermatologist will be able to communicate most effectively with your child to understand their discomforts in order to properly diagnose and treat their symptoms.

Because children need an additional level of comfort and attention from a provider than an adult, a pediatric dermatologist is trained and able to provide them with the best environment for their care. Children may not always be able to articulate their symptoms. It’s best to choose a doctor who speaks their language.

Do Pediatric Dermatologists Have More Training?

Like all specialists, pediatric dermatologists have additional training and certifications in order to best meet the needs of young patients. In addition to medical school, internships, dermatology residency, and a year of pediatric dermatology fellowship, they also must become sub-specialty board certified in Pediatric Dermatology through the American Board of Dermatology.

What Skin Conditions do Pediatric Dermatologists Treat?

Pediatric dermatologists can help children with a number of conditions that occur from infancy through adolescence. From diagnosing to treatment and therapy, they can manage a wide range of skin conditions whether a child was born with it or developed it later on. They can also give you tips for caring your baby’s skin to avoid problems. Pediatric dermatologists can treat skin conditions including:

  • Nail disorders
  • Dandruff
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis
  • Birthmarks
  • Psoriasis
  • Growths or warts
  • Rashes or severe acne
  • Hives
  • Skin cancer
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hair loss
  • Ringworm
  • Cradle cap
  • Diaper rash
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Fungus
  • Bacterial and viral skin infections

Whatever the issue, a pediatric dermatologist can prescribe medication, and perform skin biopsies and surgeries without the need for an additional referral or specialist. If you are concerned about your child’s skin condition, Request a Consultation online or call us at (973) 571-2121.