Pediatric dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating children dealing with a variety of skin disorders. These disorders can include but are not limited to, acne, warts, rashes, skin infections, psoriasis, moles, eczema, and other conditions involving the hair, skin, and nails.
Children often have unique symptoms and reactions to certain skin conditions that are far different than what adults experience. Pediatric dermatologists complete a general dermatology residency and then go on to complete a specific fellowship in pediatric dermatology to gain expertise in treating common and rare skin conditions that are specific to children. Only following completion of this extensive fellowship are they eligible to become board certified in pediatric dermatology.
Some parents will get a recommendation for a pediatric dermatologist from their child’s general pediatrician when their expertise is required. Collaboration with other children specialists may be helpful in creating a comprehensive care plan to provide an improved quality of life for your child.
But how else can parents know how to choose the right pediatric dermatologist?
One important consideration is to make sure that your child is at ease and feels comfortable with his or her pediatric dermatologist. This factor may not come into play until your actual visit but may help you decide if the physician you chose is the right fit for a long-term plan for your son or daughter’s entire childhood, if necessary. Fortunately, pediatric dermatologists have also developed skills to efficiently and gently perform skin exams and procedures on even the youngest of children. Vujevich Dermatology Associates is lucky to have the kind, caring Dr. Elizabeth J. Froelich as a board certified pediatric dermatologist in our offices.
It is also important to choose a pediatric dermatologist who has the proper qualifications and experience to treat your child. One helpful resource is the “Find a Pediatric Dermatologist” tool on the Society for Pediatric Dermatology website at www.pedsderm.net which will help both with finding a nearby provider and will also share information on appropriate certifications.
Pediatric dermatology is a relatively small, yet growing field. Vujevich Dermatology Associates is one of the few independent providers in Western PA that offers this specialized care.
If your child has a persistent skin condition, you should consider consulting a pediatric dermatologist to better understand your options. Vujevich Dermatology Associates offers medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology from some of the most highly trained physicians and clinicians in the greater Pittsburgh area. You can reach our team at 412-429-2570 or visit our contact page to see our locations in Mt. Lebanon and Washington. You can also follow us on Facebook where we occasionally share news and helpful tips on pediatric skin care. For those who are interested, our insurance information is available here.