Pediatric dermatology is a sub-specialty devoted to diagnosing and managing concerns related to the skin, hair and nails in children.
Although most dermatologists receive some training in treating kids, few choose to sub-specialize in the treatment of pediatric patients. Pediatric dermatologists have training beyond general dermatologists and are uniquely qualified to evaluate and manage skin conditions in kids.
What is a Pediatric Dermatologist?
To become a Board-Certified Pediatric Dermatologist, a dermatologist must pass the subspecialty board certification after completing a fellowship in pediatric dermatology in addition to the three years of training in general dermatology that follows after four years of medical school. Through this training and certification, pediatric dermatologists are certified through the American Board of Dermatology in both dermatology and pediatric dermatology and maintain their certification in both through ongoing learning and assessments.
Although pediatric dermatologists can see both adults and kids, Dr. Sonali Hanson has chosen to focus her practice on evaluating and managing dermatological conditions in children.
Common Conditions Treated by a Pediatric Dermatologist
Some of the more common conditions treated by pediatric dermatologists include eczema/atopic dermatitis, diaper rashes and a variety of other rashes; molluscum, warts, and other skin infections such as bacterial and fungal skin infections; acne; and abnormal spots and growths.
Pediatric dermatologists are also experienced in evaluating and managing conditions that are not seen in adults, such as infantile hemangiomas and other birthmarks, which may require early intervention or monitoring. Other skin conditions that are seen in patients of all ages, such as psoriasis, may have unique symptoms in kids, or treatments that require adjustments from how adults would be treated for the same condition. Pediatric dermatologists stay up-to-date on the best treatment options available for skin conditions in children, and are adept at assessing the risks/benefits of various treatments specifically in children.
Clear Dermatology is fortunate to have Dr. Hanson as part of our team. With over 20 years of experience, she is one of just a few fellowship-trained board-certified pediatric dermatologists in private practice serving the Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, and Cypress areas as well as surrounding communities.
Dr. Hanson is currently accepting new patients. If your child's pediatrician refers you to a pediatric dermatologist or if you are seeking out a sub-specialist on your own, rest assured that you are going to receive care from a physician who places an emphasis on educating children and their parents about skin disease and treatment, with a focus on providing treatment to best fit the needs of the child and the family.