Babies and children have delicate skin with different needs than adults. Dr. Lee, who has children of her own, has expertise in treating the youngest of patients with the gentlest of care.
- Dr. Lee specializes in:
- Helping parents identify any potentially serious skin conditions in their babies and young children
- Treating skin conditions most common in children
To make you and your child most comfortable, our offices include a special kids area in the waiting room. Toys, books, and more help keep your rambunctious little one stay entertained and less anxious about seeing a stranger in a white coat.
Children have sensitive skin that may get irritated more easily than an adult’s skin. Eczema is a general term for when the skin is swollen, discolored, dry, and/or itchy. Some facts you need to know about pediatric eczema are:
- Babies are most likely to get a type of eczema called “atopic dermatitis,” which begins with itchy skin and then progresses to a rash
- There are many other types of dermatitis, which is why it is so important to have any skin conditions evaluated to determine the exact type and cause
Treatment Options for Pediatric Eczema
The utmost care is taken to make the treatment easy for parents to administer and realistic for the child to undergo. Treatment can vary by the cause:
- Most often topical creams or lotions
- Sometimes an oral medicine
Most birthmarks are harmless. Many will go away on their own, but others may affect your child’s appearance or require medical attention.
With her vast experience, Dr. Lee can help parents determine what to do for different types of birthmarks:
- Depending on where they are located, birthmarks can affect eating, seeing, or breathing
- Some birthmarks may grow beneath the skin or internally, which may affect organs, nerves, or blood flow
- Certain birthmarks or grouping of birthmarks (eg, café au lait spots) may be signs of a genetic disorder or eventually become cancerous
Evaluation and Treatment for Birthmarks
In most cases, birthmarks are not dangerous. Many parents, nonetheless, worry about birthmarks for their psychological impact. Nobody wants her beautiful baby subject to teasing.
- Most important is to have the birthmark evaluated to ensure it is not a
- Keep in mind many birthmarks fade on their own
- Options to remove birthmarks, whether for medical or cosmetic reasons, include:
- Laser therapy
- Topical or injected medicines
About Teen Acne
Acne may often be seen as a rite of passage for teenagers. However, the appearance of blemishes can be tough on your teen’s self-esteem. Seeing a dermatologist for a customized treatment plan yields better results for your teen than trying drug-store or infomercial medicines, one after the other.
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Some facts to know about acne:
- Acne is most common in teens, though it can affect adults into their 40s
- Hormonal changes as teens mature into adulthood lead to the production of more oil (sebum), which clogs pores
- If your child is embarrassed by his/her acne, there are many effective prescription treatments available
Treatment Options for Teen Acne
Today, there are better prescription acne treatments than ever before. We can design a treatment plan for your teen that does not leave his/her skin irritated and dry.
- Treatment options include:
- Topical creams and lotions
- Oral medications
- Laser and light therapy
- Chemical peels
About Molluscum and Warts
- Children and teens are more prone to warts
- It is easier to catch the virus that causes warts through cuts and scrapes, which explains why so many children get warts
- Molluscum are pink or flesh-colored bumps on the skin; generally considered harmless, but it is contagious – like warts
- Children may catch the virus that causes molluscum through skin-to-skin contact or via a toy touched by someone who was infected
Treatment Options for Molluscum and Warts
Warts can be removed by:
- Topical treatments (cantharidin)
- Causes a blister to form beneath the wart so that it “dies” and can be clipped away
- Cryotherapy (freezing)
- Creates a scab that ultimately peels off
- Removal via electrosurgery (burning) or simply excision (cutting)
- Targeted medicines that help the body’s immune system fight the wart virus
- Administered directly into the wart through a fine needle
- Children often respond better to these medicines
Every effort is made to choose the treatment that minimizes your child’s discomfort.
- Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own
- Some rashes can be painful for your child
- Treatment may help alleviate discomfort and prevent symptoms from worsening
- Rashes accompanied by a fever should be evaluated
Treatment Options for Rashes
Treatment options vary by the cause of your child’s rash:
- Certain diaper rashes are related to yeast infections, which may require an anti-fungal
- Itching from a rash can be relieved with topical creams or oral medicines to help reduce the body’s inflammatory or allergic response