The 5 Most Common Skin Problems in Children

A diaper rash might be your child’s first skin problem, but it’s not the only condition to affect your child’s skin. Many conditions that affect adults can also affect a child’s delicate skin. 

Fortunately, Dr. James Petrin is skilled in treating dermatological conditions in people of all ages. From acne to eczema, we can help your child get the relief they deserve. Here are five of the most common skin problems in children.


Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that affects children and adults. Symptoms can start to appear in babies as young as 2-6 months of age. Eczema is characterized by dry, itchy patches of skin that may ooze. Eczema can appear on the cheeks, hands, torso, and even behind the knees. Irritants — such as harsh soap or even drool — can exacerbate the symptoms. 

Sometimes eczema patches can be mistaken for ringworm or other skin problems, so it’s also a good idea to check in with us if your child develops a rash.


Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, especially in teens. Sometimes acne can be remedied with acne-fighting skin care products, but if that’s not enough, prescription-grade products may help. 

In addition, help your teen find noncomedogenic skin care or makeup products. Noncomedogenic means that those products won’t clog pores.


Warts are small growths that caused by a virus. They frequently affect the hands and feet. Warts can be treated with over-the-counter methods, but these methods can take several weeks. If a wart bothers your child (especially on the bottom of the foot), know that they can be easily treated at our office. 


Ringworm is a fungal infection that spreads easily from person to person. Officially called dermatophytosis, ringworm causes itchy patches of skin. Ringworm can occur on the scalp, body, and the feet. If the fungal infection affects the feet, it’s known as athlete's foot. 

If your child has ringworm or athlete’s foot, be sure to wash laundry (sheets and towels and bath mats) frequently in hot water. Until the infection is cleared, clean the shower between uses to prevent spreading the infection to other members in your household. 


While rashes aren’t a specific condition, rashes tend to be a big problem for children. A rash is a symptom of a bigger condition. For example, a rash can be caused by:

How you treat a rash depends on what caused the rash. Dr. Petrin can help your child get relief from their rash by determining the cause and recommending the appropriate treatment regimen.

Treating common skin conditions 

At Petrin Dermatology, it’s our goal to help your child get relief from pesky skin conditions. While we currently aren’t seeing patients in our Redmond, Washington, clinic, we are happy to see patients via telehealth. Schedule your online visit here.

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