Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness swelling and inflammation. Rosacea in children is rare. Like rosacea in adults, rosacea in children can also be managed with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle.
The most difficult part about rosacea in children is management. Children as young as 8 years old can have rosacea. Chocolate, exposure to the sun, swimming and other outdoor activities which many children enjoy can cause a rosacea flare-up in kids with rosacea.
Children with rosacea may also suffer from low self esteem. Because of the appearance of their skin, other children in their school may tease and bully them. If your child has been diagnosed with rosacea it is very important that you boost their self esteem. Show them support and love so that they will not feel frustrated about living with this skin condition.
Causes of Rosacea in Children
Even with the advancements in medicine skin specialists do not know the exact cause of Rosacea. Recent studies show that rosacea can be caused by bacteria in Demodex mites. Other doctors believe that it could be caused by too much acid in the stomach. Still others think that rosacea is caused by genetics.
Signs of early rosacea in children include frequent flushed cheeks or tendency to blush easily and excessively. Other children may experience red patches, often rough in texture, which than can spread across the face, neck and scalp. Red bumps that look like acne are also likely.
Children with rosacea often suffer from very dry skin. In severe cases the redness may lead to swelling and burning sensation. Which can be very uncomfortable for kids. While these types are fairly controllable, Ocular Rosacea is something most parents should watch out for. Ocular Rosacea usually affects the eyes and if left unattended, can cause permanent loss of vision.
Symptoms of Rosacea in Children
Many parents usually mistake Rosacea in kids as eczema, baby acne or skin allergies. This is why it can be very difficult to diagnose Rosacea in children. On the average, children as early as 6-9 years old can have rosacea. Oftentimes they can be left undiagnosed for years.
When your kids show symptoms of itchy eyes, appearance of bumps on the eyelids and other common symptoms associated with redness, it is best to consult your pediatrician right away. For most skin disorders like rosacea, early detection is key to an effective treatment. If left untreated, the symptoms of rosacea can worsen and may lead to complications like difficulty in breathing, loss of vision and disfigurement. Depression can also be an effect of rosacea.
Treatment of Rosacea in Children
Although Rosacea in children is difficult to avoid, it can be managed and treated, especially in its earliest stages. Before heading out, don’t forget to have your kids apply sun block to protect them from sun exposure. It is not advisable to give your kids oral medications if they are below ten years old. It is better to opt for topical antibiotics and creams and to help reduce redness and calm irritated skin. As a general skincare guideline for children with Rosacea, always keep skin clean and moisturized to lessen the redness and irritation.
If you suspect that your child has Rosacea consult a doctor immediately. You may find a Rosacea skin specialist in your area in our Find a Doctor section. You may also get Rosacea treatment tips on our Rosacea Support Facebook Page. Like us on Facebook.com/RosaceaSupport and join the conversation.