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What is Paediatric Dermatology?


Paediatric dermatology deals with skin problems in children and adolescents. Many of these conditions are quite different from adult skin problems and require special expertise.


Skin diseases are common. These conditions can lead to itch, infection, or poor growth. Many skin problems can lead to poor self-esteem. If you have any problems with your skin, first see your general practitioner. Often they will be able to clear your skin. If not, they may refer you to a medical provider at The Children’s Private Medical Group

Common paediatric conditions managed by paediatric skin specialists:

  • Eczema.
  • Acne and other adolescent skin problems.
  • Birthmark: e.g. strawberry birthmarks (haemangiomas).
  • Infections: e.g. molluscum, warts and fungal infections.
  • Anogenital skin problems: e.g. lichen sclerosis, phimosis.
  • Psoriasis.

Common paediatric conditions managed by a dermatology nurse practitioner:

  • Eczema.
  • Camouflage make-up.
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa.
  • Nappy rash.
  • Coxsackie.

The initial assessment

Your assessment will involve a detailed history and examination. Sometimes, a blood test or skin test might be necessary. The medical provider will then work with you to develop a management plan that suits you. Our aim is to get your skin back to normal. This can be achieved in most patients.

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in treating dermatological conditions in children:

Ary is a general paediatrician and father, who enjoys caring for babies, children and adolescents in a patient-centred, friendly and caring way. Ary completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree following a Bachelor of Biomedicine (BBiomed) both at the University of Melbourne. His paediatric training has included experience predominantly at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. Ary currently holds appointments at the Royal Children’s Hospital and is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Emma has been working at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne since 1991 and has specialised in paediatric dermatology since 1995. She pioneered the RCH dermatology nursing role and nurse practitioner model of care. She is acknowledged for her experience and expertise in paediatric eczema and dermatology, and in particular a strong expertise in children’s eczema management, molluscum contagiosum, cradle cap and nappy eczema.

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