It’s summer, and most parents pay attention to how much sun their kids get. Sunburns aren’t the only skin issue from which children can suffer. Children’s skin issues are typically not serious, though being able to recognize them early in order to seek treatment can reduce your child’s discomfort.
Some illnesses such as chickenpox and measles have symptoms visible in skin, and many parents can readily identify those problems. Other skin conditions aren’t indicative of larger illnesses, however, and can be a little more difficult to identify.
- Eczema: Dry, itchy and rough patches of skin appear anywhere, but most commonly on arms and inner elbows, backs of knees or head. Raised red or brownish patches may be a symptom, and can become infected when scratched. Eczema has many causes – irritants such as chemicals and synthetic fabrics, sweating, temperature changes, allergies – and is treatable with medication.
- Fifth Disease: Fifth disease is characterized by red rashes that appear on the face, arms and legs that may be accompanied by nausea, fatigue, headache, fever or upper respiratory issues. It’s caused by a viral infection, and in many cases, it’s best to let it run its course.
- Ringworm: Caused by a fungal infection (not by a parasite as its name implies), ringworm appears in slightly different forms in many areas of the body, from itchy patches on the scalp to red, raised circular rashes on the body, to athlete’s foot. Depending upon the location of the infection, it can be treated with topical or oral medications.
- Hives: Most often caused by an allergic reaction to food or an environmental irritant, hives are raised, itchy welts that can sting or hurt at times. Hives can also be caused by a reaction to medications. Antihistamines may be used to calm the allergic reaction, while bathing in oatmeal or baking soda can help reduce irritation from severe hives.
While it’s important to keep an eye on your child’s skin, children’s skin issues often fade as they age, and are easily treated. The Youth Clinic’s physicians can diagnose your child’s skin condition and recommend a course of treatment. Call us at 970.267.9510 to schedule your appointment.