Skin disorders in children

Skin disorders are common in children. Children can experience many of the same skin conditions as adults. Infants and toddlers are also at risk for diaper-related skin problems. Since children have more frequent exposure to other children and germs, they may also develop skin disorders that rarely occur in adults. Many childhood skin problems disappear with age, but children can also inherit permanent skin disorders. In most cases, doctors can treat childhood skin disorders with topical creams, medicated lotions, or condition-specific drugs.

Common childhood skin disorders include:

  • eczema
  • diaper rash
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • chickenpox
  • measles
  • warts
  • acne
  • fifth disease
  • hives
  • ringworm
  • rashes from bacterial or fungal infections
  • rashes from allergic reactions