If your child has a disease that affects the skin, hair, or nails, your child may see a pediatric dermatologist.
A pediatric dermatologist is a dermatologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating children, including newborns and infants. This medical doctor first becomes a dermatologist. Extra study and training are needed to become a pediatric dermatologist.
Skin disease can affect children differently, and a pediatric dermatologist understands these differences.
Some diseases that affect the skin, hair, or nails are more common in children. Some of these diseases only occur in children. Diseases that a pediatric dermatologist is likely to treat include:
- Atopic dermatitis (also called eczema).
- Birthmarks, including port-wine stains.
- Skin disease that a child is born with.
- Skin infections.