Paediatric dermatology is a sub-specialty which targets rashes and skin disorders in babies and young children. This field is challenging and requires specialist expertise. Cutis Clinic has two specialist paediatric dermatologists on-site to diagnose and treat your little ones.
Paediatric skin conditions are notoriously difficult to diagnose and children should be seen by a specialist paediatric dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment. Many paediatric skin conditions are treated with topical creams and lotions which are safe for paediatric use. Phototherapy (narrowband ultraviolet B treatment) can also offer a safe option for older children with certain conditions such as vitiligo and psoriasis.
At Cutis Clinic, we have specialists with experience in paediatric dermatology who display in-depth knowledge and possess a wealth of experience. They provide urgent management and maintenance plans for common conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and skin infections. They also diagnose difficult genodermatoses (genetic conditions with skin manifestations).
Contact us for more information about our paediatric dermatology specialists.
What Treatments Do Paediatric Dermatologists Treat?
Our paediatric dermatologists treat a variety of skin conditions including:
Skin infections: warts, molluscum, and school sores (impetigo)
Rashes and itchy spots
Rare genetic diseases or genodermatoses
The treatment of birthmarks is managed by Cutis laser dermatologist experts such as Dr Davin Lim.
Which Birthmarks Are Eligible For Laser & When Should Treatment Begin?
Skin conditions that appear at or near birth are referred to as birthmarks. These may range in colour from red to brown. Treatment will depend on the type of birthmark and the age of the patient.
Red dots which appear in young children can occur in awkward areas such as below the eye or on the nose. They can also occur during pregnancy. The good news is that these respond very well to V-Beam laser treatment, often requiring only a single session. The sensation is much like a small rubber band flicking on the skin. Treatment age will depend on the co-operation of the child. The majority of children over the age of 9-10 will find this procedure painless.
EPIDERMAL NAEVI AND SEBACEOUS NAEVI
Birthmarks usually seen on the face. They tend to become more prominent with age and may resemble warts. Treatment with ablative laser may clear these lesions. Most children with this condition undergo laser treatment when they become more self-conscious, usually in their early teens. These types of birthmark will need treatment every few years as they tend to grow back.
CAFÉ AU LAIT PATCHES AND BECKER’S NAEVI*
Brown birthmarks don’t experience the predictable results of laser treatment as other birthmarks. Your laser dermatologist diagnose and advise concerning the potential success of treatment.
PORT WINE STAIN BIRTHMARKS*
Port wine stains are present at birth with a tendency to darken and thicken over time. Laser treatment early in the diagnosis of this condition can reduce the colour and reduce the social stigma often encountered at school. For babies, toddlers and children, laser treatment is delivered under general anaesthetic. This treatment is therefore not conducted at Cutis Clinic but at hospitals. We provide paediatric vascular laser treatment for children over 8 years of age.
** The laser experts at Cutis Clinic often perform a ‘test patch’ before performing full laser treatment. Test patch results gives both dermatologist and parents an idea as to how well the skin responds to the laser procedure. In the majority of cases, multiple laser treatments are required.
What Types of Birthmarks Are Not Treated With Lasers At Cutis Clinic?
HAEMANGIOMAS OR STRAWBERRY BIRTHMARKS
These appear in the first few weeks of life. Haemangiomas go through a rapid-growth phase before stabilising, eventually diminishing in size. The majority disappear by puberty. Flat haemangiomas can be treated with vascular laser; however, this treatment should be done in a hospital under the supervision of an anaesthetist.
PORT WINE STAINS
Present at birth and darken with time. Cutis Clinic do not perform laser procedure on children under the age of 8 as they will require a general anaesthetic. Treatment is well tolerated in patients over 8 years of age.
Note – as practice policy, infective warts are not treated by laser at Cutis Clinic.