Pediatric dermatologists diagnose and prescribe treatment for conditions that affect the skin, hair, nails or scalp. They may also provide surgical treatment for moles, warts, birthmarks and small cysts. These dermatologists also perform skin biopsies.
Skin conditions can be topical, hereditary, disease-related or cosmetic. If your child has a skin condition as a baby, you may find that you'll be choosing a long-term doctor for you child's care. These dermatologists are trained to treat children who need different treatment than adults. Children need patience. They can't always communicate clearly about what they're feeling, answer medical questions or even sit still for an exam. If your child needs medical care or surgery for a skin condition, these dermatologists have the skills, equipment and tools to work with smaller bodies. Their offices are geared toward making children feel comfortable. They often decorate with bright colors and provide toys, videos, games, crayons, paper and books to help kids feel at ease.
A physician with this specialty has completed at least four years of medical school in addition to a year's internship specializing in pediatrics, two years of residency in dermatology and a one to three year fellowship in their his or her field of pediatric dermatology.