Common childhood skin problems |Dr Mukesh Kumar|Paras Bliss Hospital

Common Childhood Skin Problems

Common Childhood Skin Problems

by: Dr. Mukesh Kumar
Consultant Paediatrician

Skin problem like rash, bump, welt, allergies, sickness etc. are common in children. Mostly they are not really serious and can be treated easily. Always check with your child’s paediatrician for the right treatment of skin problem of your child. Please do not self medicate and do not rely on home remedies for the treatment.


  • Heat Rash (Prickly Heat): Prickly heat appears as small red and pink pimples on skin. It is usually seen on the neck, head and shoulders of babies. Heat rashes can appear in any child in hot weather. Dress you child in one more layer than what you are wearing. It is completely fine if the hands and feet of baby are cool when touched.
  • Eczema: Children who are prone to eczema also have other asthma and allergies. The exact cause of this is not clear. Kids who have eczema have very sensitive immune system. You should watch your child for raise rash along with dry skin and intense itching.
  • Ringworm: Ringworms are not caused by worms. It is not necessary that ringworm will be itchy. Ringworms are caused by fungal infection that lives off dead skin, nail tissue and hair. Ringworm starts to appear as scaly or red patch or bump. Doctors treat ringworm with antifungal creams.
  • Chickenpox: Chickenpox does not appear now days, all because of chickenpox vaccine. Chickenpox is very contagious and spreads easily leaving itchy rashes and red spots overall the body. The blister which is form due to chickenpox burst dry and then crust over. It can be very serious sometimes.
  • Fifth disease: It is contagious and is usually mild illness that passes in couple of weeks. It starts with flu like symptoms. It starts with a bright face and follows by body rash. Fifth disease is treated with fluids, rest and pain relievers.
  • Warts: Warts are harmless, painless skin growth that is caused by virus. Warts spread easily from person to person. Most they are found in finders and hands. In order to prevent the spread of warts it is recommended that you child should not pick or bite them. Warts should be covered with bandages.
  • Contact Dermatitis: Some kids are very sensitive that their skin reacts with the touch of soaps, foods and some plats like sumac, oak and poison ivy. Rashes start to apper in 48 hours of skin exposure. These rashes can be treated with anti inflammatory cream and goes away in a week or two.


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