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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:

Dr Rod Phillips is a Paediatric Skin Specialist and scientist. He sees children and adolescents with skin problems including acne, birthmarks, haemangiomas, eczema, molluscum, psoriasis, anogenital problems and skin infections. If it is urgent and your doctor rings his rooms, same day appointments are usually possible at Cabrini (Malvern) 9508 6000 and sometimes possible at CPMG (Parkville) 9345 6688. In less urgent cases, the waiting time can be up to a few weeks - sometimes longer when he is overseas at conferences.

Emma has been working as a dermatology nurse practitioner at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne for the past 19 years. She is acknowledged for her experience and expertise in paediatric eczema and dermatology. Emma has strong expertise in children’s eczema management in Melbourne. Emma’s achievements and leadership in the area of nurse-led paediatric dermatology care has been widely recognised, including the Royal Children’s Hospital Mary Patten Award in 2008. Emma is a mother of 2 children.

Emma is available for eczema consults and will provide:

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