SKIN RASHES AND ECZEMA
As a paediatrician, Dr Coetzee is concerned with each and every part of your child's health. Skin conditions that cause red, swollen, blistered, scabbed, scaly, oozing or itchy patches can be treated by Dr Coetzee. With over 10% of young children suffering from eczema, this skin condition is the most common among Dr Coetzee's little patients and may require an individualised treatment. Skin conditions like nappy rash, cradle cap, thrush and rashes are common for newborn babies, while warts, bug bites, eczema, allergic rashes, hives, ringworm and chicken pox are common skin conditions for older kids. While some are contagious, others are caused by particular foods, soaps, perfumes and medications so it is essential to figure out what may be causing the skin condition to prevent the skin rash from reappearing after another trigger.
It may also be necessary to contact Dr Coetzee if your child's skin rash seems to be accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting, diarrhoea or irritability and simple measures have not seemed to work as treatment.
While there is no cure for eczema, the goal for treatment is to reduce the itching and inflammation, moisturise the skin (be it a particular ointment or not) and prevent infection. Treatment for other skin rashes may include keeping the rash irritation free by drying drool, using fragrance-free cosmetic products and keeping the child from scratching by easing the itch with an ointment or topical steroid cream and antihistamine.