Common Skin Problems in Children

Jul 25 , 2021

Children are likely to develop skin problems at a young age and this requires medical attention. The causative agents of these skin problems are mainly bacteria, viruses, fungus, and parasites. Here is a list of common skin problems that are seen in children.

Fungal infections

It affects the epithelial layer of the skin and usually develops in moist areas of the body. Groin, armpits, toes of children are most likely to develop fungal infections. This causes blisters, itching, swelling and formation of ringworms. Common fungal infections include ringworms, Tinea versicolor, and yeast infection.


Caused by papillomavirus, this skin condition is commonly seen in children. It is contagious and can spread from one body part to another. Warts are of several types and aren’t necessarily painful after they develop. Common types of warts include foot warts, flat warts, filiform warts, and genital warts.


Also called Rubeola, it is a contagious skin infection which is caused by a Morbillivirus. It spreads through physical contact as well as discharge from the nose and throat. This can be prevented by vaccination and should be given at the early age of 12-15 months, followed by a booster dose.


Almost every child must be vaccinated for chickenpox as it is a highly infectious skin disease that is caused by a form of herpes virus called varicella-zoster virus (VZV). After symptoms start to shows, rashes and blisters start to develop and the child may feel the urge to keep itching constantly. Children are usually vaccinated against this disease and those who have developed it once in their life are less likely to suffer from chickenpox again.


It is caused due to infestation of mites and causes red bumps on the skin. Children may feel an excessive need to itch and this spreads through contact. The mites penetrate through the skin to lay eggs and they hatch after a few days.

Here are some common skin problems are seen in children. Most of these infections can be treated with external ointments and the condition shows improvement in a few days’ time. Taking care of hygiene also helps in keeping these infections at bay.

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