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As a parent, you soon learn not to call the doctor about every bruise or scrape that your child develops. You get a sense of what will heal on its own and what really does need more attention. But sometimes, when it comes to skin conditions, your own intuition can be a bit misleading. Some skin conditions may not look that bad, but they actually do require care. Call the pediatrician if your child develops any of the following skin conditions.
If your child ever develops any rash that has a circular pattern to it, you should take them to a doctor. Circular rashes are almost always caused by ringworm, which is a fungal infection. Ringworm is very contagious and hard to treat, so the sooner your child receives care, the better. Sometimes the patches are raised and flaky. Other times, they are flat but red and irritated. But rest assured; if the patches are round, ringworm is likely.
Yellow Rashes or Blisters
Another time you really need to call the physician is if your child develops any sort of rash that has a yellow look to it. The same goes for any blister or wound that develops any degree of yellowness. The yellow color generally comes from pus, which indicates the skin is infected. There's a common infection called impetigo that can have this look. There's also a chance your child has develop a staph infection, such as MRSA. Infections of the skin can sometimes spread to the rest of the body, so treatment with antibiotics is vital.
Chronic Dry and Flaky Skin
It's not unusual for kids to have dry, flaky skin from time to time, especially in the winter when the air is dry. However, if the dryness does not seem to respond to lotion, lingers for more than a week or two, and is accompanied by a flaky look, then you should take your child to the pediatrician. Your child could have eczema, psoriasis, or even an allergic reaction to something in their environment. Either way, treatment is important to restore their comfort and also to ensure they don't develop any secondary infections as a result of scratching their irritated skin.
Most pediatricians are used to dealing with the skin problems above as they are quite common in children. But, if necessary, your pediatrician can refer your child to a dermatologist or another specialist. Reach out to a professional for pediatric care.