There are many skin conditions which can affect children including eczema, warts, molluscum, moles, acne, and fungal infections. We at Florida Skin Center understand that these chronic conditions can greatly contribute to how children feel about themselves. After thoroughly evaluating your child's skin and determining a diagnosis, she will provide both education and appropriate treatment for your child's skin condition. At Florida Skin Center we see children ranging from newborns to adolescents.
Dr. Badia is trained as a pediatrician as well as a dermatologist, so she is particularly skilled at, and familiar with, treating pediatric patients. Dr. Badia is also on the National Osteopathic Pediatric Dermatology Certification Board. Her experience and specialized qualifications enable her to understand the skin conditions that are unique to children and provide knowledgeable and compassionate pediatric care.
At both Cape Coral and Fort Myers locations, we have special areas in the waiting rooms, just for kids! We always have a kid-friendly movie playing to keep your child entertained while waiting. Also, we encourage all of our young patients to color a picture of Sunny, our FSC mascot. In addition, we have toys, games, and a special surprise for every new pediatric patient.
Common Pediatric Skin Conditions
Port Wine Stains and Hemangiomas — Port wine stains and hemangiomas are permanent, vascular birthmarks. While most of these birthmarks are benign, many parents are concerned with minimizing the appearance of the birthmark.
Dr. Badia has successfully treated many children with port wine stains and hemangiomas using a laser that targets the vessels of the port wine. This procedure is quick and causes minimal discomfort. Most babies are able to tolerate the procedure well. Several treatments are typically required in order to see maximal improvement in the appearance of the birthmark.
Below: A port wine stain before and after removal treatment.
Molluscum Contagiosum — Molluscum contagiosum are part of the wart family. Generally, their appearance is dome-shaped with a tiny depression in the center and they can occur anywhere on the body. These growths are harmless, but are highly contagious and will spread if left untreated. This condition is very common in children. Treatment includes liquid nitrogen therapy and topical medications.
Verruca Vulgaris (Warts) — Warts are a viral infection, where the skin reacts to form a firm, skin colored growth. Warts are contagious and can be transferred by direct contact with an infected person. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and affect all age groups. Treatment options include topical medication and liquid nitrogen.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) — Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, itchy skin condition that is very common in children but may occur at any age. It is also known as eczema and atopic eczema. The skin is often dry, scaly and red with small scratch marks. Treatment includes topical medication and antihistamines.
Acne Vulgaris (Acne) — Acne is a skin condition that affects children of all ages. It can vary from mild to severe. It is a disorder of the skin’s oil glands that causes overproduction of sebum (oil) which leads to plugged pores. Acne that is left untreated can lead to scarring. Florida Skin Center provides a wide range of treatment options for patients with acne.