Health Information


  • Facts About Animal Bites

    Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can become infected and cause scarring. Animals can also carry diseases that can be transmitted through a bite.

  • Benign Skin Growths and Pigmentation Disorders

    Detailed information on benign skin growths and pigmentation disorders in children

  • Birthmarks

    Detailed information on birthmarks and the different types, including vascular birthmarks, hemangiomas, and port-wine stains.

  • Bites

    Detailed information on bites, including human bites, animal bites, and insect bites

  • Blisters in Children

    Detailed information on blisters, including cause, first aid, and treatment.

  • Bacterial Skin Infections in Children

    Detailed information on bacterial skin infections, including impetigo, cellulitis, scarlet fever, folliculitis, boils, carbuncles, and staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

  • Burns in Children

    Detailed information on burns, burn types, classification of burns, and burn treatment

  • Candidiasis in Children

    Candidiasis is an infection caused by yeast called Candida. Candida normally causes no harm, and is found on the skin, vaginal area, and digestive system. But in some cases, it can overgrow. This can cause a rash, itching, and other symptoms.

  • Cellulitis in Children

    Cellulitis is a spreading skin infection. It may affect the upper skin layer. Or it may affect the deeper skin and layer of fat under the skin. When cellulitis affects the upper skin layer, it may be called erysipelas. This type of infection is more common in children.

  • Chickenpox

    Chickenpox is a common childhood disease that causes an itchy, blistering rash and is easily spread to others.

  • Common Skin Disorders in Children

    Detailed information on common skin disorders, including Bacterial Skin Infections, Fungal Skin Infections, Viral Skin Infections, Viral Exanthems (Rashes), and Parasitic Skin Infections

  • Cradle Cap

    Cradle cap (infant seborrheic dermatitis) is scaly patches on a baby's scalp. Cradle cap isn’t serious, but it can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales. Some babies can also have seborrheic dermatitis in the diaper area, and on the face, neck, and trunk. Cradle cap usually clears up within the first year.

  • Dermatitis in Children

    Detailed information on dermatitis, including the different types of dermatitis such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, generalized exfoliative dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, localized scratch dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis

  • Describing a Child's Skin Condition

    A helpful look at some of the terms a healthcare provider may use to describe your child's skin condition.

  • Diaper Dermatitis in Children

    Diaper dermatitis is inflammation of the skin in the diaper area. It’s a very common condition in babies and toddlers.

  • Treatment for Dog and Cat Bites and Scratches

    When your child is bitten or scratched by an animal, remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Here's what you need to know.

  • Medicine Rashes in Children

    Medicine rashes are the body’s reaction to a certain medicine. The type of rash that occurs depends on the type of medicine that is causing it. Rashes can range from mild to severe.

  • Folliculitis, Furuncles, and Carbuncles in Children

    Bacteria on the skin can cause an infection of one or more hair follicles. A hair follicle is the base or root of a hair.

  • Flea, Mite, or Chigger Bites in Children

    Fleas, mites, and chiggers are different kinds of small insects. They are also parasites. This means they feed off the blood, skin, or both of animals and humans. These insects are more common in the warm weather. They bite skin and cause symptoms such as bumps, redness, pain, or itching.

  • Fungal Infections

    Detailed information on fungal skin infections, including Candidiasis, Tinea Infections, and Tinea Versicolor

  • Impetigo in Children

    Impetigo is an infection of the skin. When it affects just the surface, it’s called superficial impetigo. Impetigo can also affect deeper parts of the skin. This is called ecthyma. It may occur on healthy skin. Or it may occur where the skin was injured by a cut, scrape, or insect bite.

  • Home Page - Dermatology and Children

    Detailed information on dermatology and children

  • Insect Bites and Children

    Detailed information on insect bites, including fleas, mites, chiggers, and ticks

  • Head Lice in Children

    Head lice are tiny parasitic bugs that can infest the skin. They live on people’s heads and feed on their blood. Head lice can cause intense itching.

  • Molluscum Contagiosum in Children

    Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin disease that causes small pink or skin-colored bumps on your child’s skin. It is not harmful and usually does not have any other symptoms. The virus is inside the bumps and is mildly contagious. These bumps usually clear over time.

  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in Children

    Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a life-threatening skin disorder. It causes blistering and peeling of the skin. It can be caused by a medicine reaction.

  • Noninfectious Skin Conditions

    Detailed information on non-infectious skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne, drug rashes, poison ivy/poison oak, and toxic epidermal necrolysis

  • Online Resources - Dermatology for Children

    List of online resources to find additional information on dermatology and common skin conditions

  • Other Benign Skin Growths in Children

    Detailed information on benign skin growths, including dermatofibromas, dermoid cyst, freckles, keloids, lipomas, moles, atypical moles, pyogenic granulomas

  • Parasitic Skin Infections

    Detailed information on parasitic skin infections, including scabies and lice

  • Pityriasis Rosea in Children

    Pityriasis rosea (pit-uh-RI-uh-sis RO-zee-uh) is a mild, common rash. It causes the skin to become scaly, pink, and inflamed. The rash can last from 1 to 3 months and usually leaves no lasting marks. This rash is not contagious.

  • Poison Ivy Rash in Children

    Poison ivy rash is an allergic reaction to poison ivy. Poison ivy is very common plant in the U.S. It is similar to two other plants called poison oak and poison sumac. The plants cause allergic dermatitis.

  • Roseola

    Detailed information on roseola, including cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Rubella (German Measles) in Children

    Detailed information on rubella, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Rubeola (Measles)

    Detailed information on measles, including symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment

  • Scabies in Children

    Scabies is an infestation of tiny bugs called mites on the skin. It causes a small red rash and intense itching. This infection is very contagious. It often spreads from child to child while children are sleeping together in the same bed or have close personal contact.

  • Skin Cancer in Children

    Skin cancer is a type of cancer that grows in the cells of the skin. It can spread to and damage nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body. Skin cancer is rare in children.

  • Scarlet Fever

    Detailed information on scarlet fever, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  • Topic Index - Dermatology for Children

    Detailed information on dermatology and children

  • Skin Injury in Children

    Detailed information on skin injuries, including blisters, burns, sunburn, and bites

  • Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS) in Children

    Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is a serious skin infection. The infection causes peeling skin over large parts of the body. It looks like the skin has been scalded or burned by hot liquid. It’s more common in the summer and fall.

  • Sunburn and Children

    Protect your child from the sun. Up to 80% of total lifetime sun exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life.

  • Tick Bites

    Ticks attach themselves to the scalp, behind the ear, in the armpit and groin, and also between fingers and toes. Find out what to do if you find a tick on your child.

  • Ringworm in Children

    Ringworm is a type of skin infection cause by a fungus. It looks like a red skin rash that forms a ring around normal-looking skin. Ringworm can be of several types.

  • Tinea Versicolor in Children

    Tinea versicolor is a fungal skin infection. It’s caused by yeast on the skin. It occurs most often in adolescents and young adults. But it can happen at any time.

  • Treatment for Skin Cancer in Children

    Skin cancer in children can be treated in several ways. The best choice for your child depends on the size, place, and stage of the cancer, along with other factors.

  • Viral Skin Infections

    Detailed information on viral skin infections, including Herpes Zoster (Shingles), Pityriasis Rosea, Warts, and Molluscum Contagiosum

  • Rashes Caused by Viruses

    Detailed information on viral exanthems (rashes)

  • Warts in Children

    Warts on the skin are harmless growths. They are caused by a virus. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people.

  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

    Detailed information on shingles, including symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and treatment

  • Fifth Disease

    Fifth disease is caused by the human parvovirus. It is most prevalent in the winter and spring and is usually seen in school-aged children.

  • Treatment for Human Bites

    Human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A healthcare provider should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

  • Skin Pigment Disorders

    Detailed information on the most common types of skin pigment disorders, including albinism, melasma, vitiligo, and skin pigment loss following sun damage.

  • Skin Tests

    Detailed information on the most common types of skin tests, including patch testing, skin biopsy, and skin culture.

  • Lyme Disease in Children

    Lyme disease is the leading cause of all insect-borne illness in the United States. It is a year-round problem, although it peaks during the spring and summer months.