Paediatric Dermatology Clinic

Paediatric dermatology is the branch of dermatology that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in children. At The London Dermatology CentreTM, we offer a comprehensive range of specialist skin care services for babies and children, including diagnosis and management of all dermatological conditions and skin diseases.

Some of the most common conditions in children that we treat include:

Acne;

Acne is the most common skin disease and affects 80% of all people at some time between age 11-30 years. Acne often begins in childhood from age 10-13 at a time when a child is undergoing puberty. It therefore can have far-reaching psychological consequences as well as result in scarring and permanent disfigurement. Acne most commonly affects the face and can often affect the back and chest. There are many types of acne spots.

There are many available treatments for acne from specialized face washes to tables which can only be prescribed by a Dermatologist. Early treatment of acne is essential for the prevention of lasting cosmetic disfigurement associated with scarring and treatment depends on what type of acne is present. Acne scarring can be a result of any type and any severity of acne. Picking and squeezing spots can also damage surrounding skin and increase the risk of scarring. Acne scarring can be distressing for patients, leading to lack of self-confidence and even depression. Here at The London Dermatology CentreTM we offer a number of treatments to aid patients in improving their acne scars and becoming more confident in their appearance.

Moles;

A mole is a small, dark, round lesion that is commonly found on the skin. Most moles are harmless and do not cause any problems. Many moles are present from birth and others will develop during childhood and adult life. Find out more about moles here.

Birthmarks;

It is very common for a person to have a pigmented mark on their body that has been present since birth. Birthmarks naturally vary significantly in size, depth, shape and colour. Here at the London Dermatology Centre we recognise that these marks can cause embarrassment and distress and that for some, removing or reducing the appearance of these marks may be the best option. Find out more about birthmarks here.

Contact dermatitis and atopic eczema;

Eczema is an itchy skin condition which is characterised by redness, itching and dryness.

There are a number of types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema and often begins in childhood. One in five children in the UK is affected by atopic dermatitis. It is most common in children but can affect people of all ages. Whilst many children grow out of eczema they may have a tendency to dry, sensitive skin in adulthood. Other types of eczema include allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Recognizing the correct type of eczema is a crucial part of producing an effective treatment plan. Eczema treatment can be complex and comprises of a maintenance skin care programme to reduce the incidence of flares as well as treatment for the acute episodes. Read more about our eczema treatment clinic here.

Warts;

Warts are small lumps that often grow on the skin of the hands and feet. Warts can differ in appearance. Most often warts will be round or oval shaped and have a hard, scaly surface with a small black dot (called a seed) in the centre of each spot. Warts are common in children and teenagers of school age. Read more about warts here.

Consultation and Diagnosis

We are dedicated to providing children who are experiencing discomfort, pain or embarrassment from a dermatological condition with a fast diagnosis and appropriate management options.

Usually, a consultation with one of our specialists is all that is needed to diagnose a condition; however, if more in depth analysis is required, we conduct a variety of examinations, including:

  • Blood tests;
  • Urine analysis;
  • Skin biopsy;
  • Patch testing for allergies;
  • Nail analysis and skin swabs;
  • Hair sample examination;
  • Dermoscopy; and
  • Xrays.

Our paediatric dermatologists can assess children who have not responded to treatment provided by their GP surgery or another clinic, with a view to furthering analysis and trying new, approved therapies and medication.

Our Approach to Treatment

We offer a broad range of treatment options to our paediatric patients, enabling us to find a solution that best fits an individual’s condition, lifestyle and desired outcome. In our consultation with a patient we will discuss the diverse treatment options available and come to a decision on the most appropriate choice for the patient’s unique case. Parents or guardians are advised to accompany the patient during consultation so that they are informed and can aid in making a treatment decision.

We may prescribe therapies, topical creams or lotions, dressings, medicines, or a combination of these. Our nurses and dermatologists demonstrate to patients and parents how they should apply treatment at home and can advise on a general skin care regime to adopt. Our doctors can also offer advice on preventing recurring skin conditions and avoiding the spreading of warts and infections.

Among the modern technologies and treatments we offer to our paediatric patients are laser and IPL therapy, artificial UVA and narrow band UVB therapy, cryotherapy, hyfrecator electrosurgery, iontophoresis, and immune system stimulation, among many others.

A Comprehensive Service

Our team provides a complete service that responds to any dermatological complaint from aesthetic skincare to the treatment of diseases and infections. Our centre includes physicians with expertise in all areas of skin care, right from assessment to effective treatment.

Holistic Care

At the London Dermatology Centre, we recognise that dermatological conditions in children can result in considerable distress for individuals as well as their family. A main objective of our clinic is to help paediatric patients with warts, birthmarks, eczema, scars and so on to gain more confidence and deal with their skin condition in a positive way. There can be emotional aspects to any condition, and our doctors and nurses help families to understand a condition and support their loved ones. Through aesthetic and medical therapies as well as holistic care, we strive to improve the overall wellbeing of our paediatric patients.

Our Paediatric Care Team

All our doctors are registered with the General Medical Council and have a reputation for providing a high level of care. They work together with well-trained and highly experienced nursing staff to monitor and care for our paediatric patients on an ongoing basis.

When visiting our clinic, children can have their skin conditions evaluated and treated by our specialists all in one day. This enables us to prescribe a treatment plan promptly so that patients’ discomfort and distress can be reduced quickly.

Make an Appointment with a Dermatologist

Please contact our London clinic on +44 (020)7 467 3720 to book a consultation and assessment for your child with a leading dermatologist. Alternatively, you can send an email to reception@the-dermatology-centre.co.uk and our management team will respond to you promptly. We are always on hand to receive your questions or queries and anticipate helping your child with his/her dermatological condition and wellbeing.

Content by Dr Sunil Chopra and Rebecca Perris.

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