Paediatric dermatology deals with skin problems in children and adolescents. Many of these conditions are quite different from adult skin problems and require special expertise.
common paediatric conditions managed by our team
Acne and other adolescent skin problems
caring for children with eczema
The following checklist offers Dermatologists tips that may help in reducing your child’s eczema flares;
Avoid frequent, lengthy baths
Use tepid water for baths
Avoid abrasive washcloths
Avoid prolonged contact (clean food around baby’s mouths)
Avoid wool clothing and use 100% cotton
Irritants and allergans
Avoid fabric softeners
Only use soap for underarms, groin and feet
Avoid perfumed products
Discourage scratching of the affected area, instead pat or firmly press the area
Apply soothing lubricants
Control environment + temperature
Maintain cool, stable temperatures as best possible
Do not overdress
Limit number of bed blankets
Try to minimise sweating
Airborne Allergens + dust
Avoid the use of rugs in bedrooms
Regularly vacuum drapes and blankets
Use plastic mattress covers
Wet mop floors
Avoid smoking around your children
Minimise animal dander
Bleach baths for eczema
Diluted household bleach has been safely used for many years to help treat skin infections including eczema. If you child has eczema, bleach baths can be helpful when the eczema is infected and difficult to control.
what you need
White King household bleach (4.2% sodium hypochlorite) - do not use lemon or lavender bleach
Standard sized bucket (10 litres)
how to give a bleach bath
Fill the bath with tap water to the desired level using a standard sized bucket. Count the number of buckets you use. Then mark your bath with tape so you don’t need to use the buckets again.
Add 12ml of bleach for every 10 litres of water (final bleach concentration of 0.005%)
Let your child soak in the bath for 10 minutes
Wash your child’s head and face with the bath water. You can immerse their head in the water as the concentration of bleach is very low and it will not cause any problems.
Wipe away any crusting or weeping at the infected area while your child is in the bath. Use a soft disposable towel (eg. chux type cloth) and throw it away afterwards
Do not rinse your child’s skin after the bath
Use old or white towels to avoid possible bleaching of coloured towels
Repeat the bleach baths as often as recommended by your child’s dermatologist
Possible side effects
Household bleach can sometimes cause a stinging or a burning sensation on the skin. The instructions outlined in this fact sheet are for a very diluted bleach bath, which means there is less risk of stinging happening. The final bleach concentration is lower than a swimming pool, which most people can safely swim in without damage to their skin or hair.
If your child does have stinging or irritation in the diluted bleach bath, rinse them off with plain water. Discuss this with your child's dermatologist before giving them another bleach bath.
Key points to remember
Diluted bleach baths are safe and effective in reducing bacteria on the skin
Add 12ml of bleach per 10 litres of bath water
Do not rinse the skin after a bleach bath
birthmark treatment for children
With some birthmarks, it’s important to treat them as early as possible in your child. The Skin Centre has two on-site theatres, where the procedures are conducted. Patients as young as three weeks have had successful laser at our Centre.