Treating The Signs of Psoriasis In Toddlers
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin condition. The term 'psoriasis' is derived from the Greek word 'psora.' It means itchy. Psoriasis causes red, scaly and itchy patches to form on the skin. The condition can affect both toddlers and adults; psoriasis in toddlers usually manifests as plaque psoriasis and guttate psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis causes inflamed red lesion and thick, flaky scales on the skin. Guttate psoriasis is not as severe as plaque psoriasis. The lesions are smaller and not as thick. Toddlers are more prone to an outbreak of guttate psoriasis. The condition varies from individual to individual. It can show up as a mild case of psoriasis - few lesions with a small area of the body
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... affected or as a severe case, in which a greater part of the body is covered in lesions, at times the whole body.
Causes of Psoriasis in Toddlers
Psoriasis is attributed to genetic and environmental factors. Under normal circumstances, skin cells grow and shed on a monthly basis. But during psoriasis the immune system is mistakenly triggered causing a rapid production of skin cells in the body. Psoriatic skin cell takes 3-4 days to mature. These cells pile up into scaly lesions. Psoriasis in toddlers can also be a result of illnesses like chicken pox, tonsillitis and strep throat.
Symptoms of Psoriasis in Toddlers
Psoriasis appears as red itchy lesions erupting along the body. It also causes inflammation of the skin. The most common spots of eruption are the elbows and knees. It can also form around the scalp, face, chest, armpits, stomach and back. In case of toddlers it may also appear like a bad nappy rash.
Treatment for Psoriasis in Toddlers
Psoriasis toddler treatment requires immediate attention. Doctors will prescribe a course of medication that includes antibiotics and creams and ointments. They may also prescribe Vitamin D as a treatment.
Apart from prescribed medication, parents can do to ease psoriasis toddler symptoms by keeping the toddler well hydrated, especially if there is a genetic predisposition to the condition; dry and rough skin might speed up the outbreak.
Parents can also ease toddler psoriasis by a therapeutic bathing routine. Give the toddler regular warm baths with Epsom salts, tar solution or oatmeal. These ease inflammation and reduce the rough scales caused by the condition (don't use soap as this will irritate the skin). After the bath, dry the toddler and expose the lesions to natural sunlight (Vitamin D) for a few minutes.