Pediatric dermatologists in Denver

The board-certified pediatric dermatologists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) in Denver are experts in diagnosing and treating skin conditions in newborns, children and adolescents. Our physicians work closely with you and your child to create a dermatology treatment plan that is both effective and practical.

For more information, or to schedule a pediatric dermatology appointment, please call (877) 752-2737.

Find a Pediatric Dermatologist

From seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap) and diaper rash to chicken pox and acne, children are often affected by skin problems that require a doctor’s attention. Our pediatric dermatologists in Denver provide comprehensive dermatology services for children of all ages.

Pediatric and adolescent skin conditions we treat

Our children’s skin care specialists in Denver treat a wide range of dermatology conditions, including:

  • Bacterial skin infections
    • Cellulitis
    • Folliculitis, boils, carbuncles
    • Impetigo
    • Scarlet fever
    • Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
  • Dermatitis
    • Acne
    • Atopic dermatitis in children (eczema)
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Diaper dermatitis
    • Drug rashes
    • Seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap)
  • Fungal skin infections
    • Candidiasis (yeast infection)
    • Tinea infections (ringworm)
    • Tinea versicolor
  • Parasitic skin conditions
    • Lice
    • Scabies
  • Poison ivy/poison oak
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Viral skin infections
    • Herpes zoster (shingles)
    • Molluscum contagiosum
    • Pityriasis rosea
    • Warts
  • Viral exanthems (rashes)
    • Chickenpox
    • Fifth disease
    • Roseola
    • Rubella (German measles)
    • Rubeola (measles)

Pediatric eczema

RMHC at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center has partnered with National Jewish Health for Kids to offer comprehensive care for allergies, respiratory conditions and immune system disorders—including eczema.

Because young skin is so sensitive, most kids develop a rash from time to time. Eczema refers to a number of different conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, red or sore. Roughly one out of every 10 kids will develop eczema with symptoms occurring within the first few months of life, and most often before a child turns five years old. Eczema is not contagious, so there's no need to keep a child with eczema away from siblings or other children.

Due to the unique combination of eczema symptoms that can differ in severity, diagnosing eczema can be a challenge. While no test can definitively diagnose eczema, your doctor will likely examine the distribution and appearance of the rash, as well as gather a thorough medical history that includes a family history of allergies, medications your child is taking and how long the rash has lasted.

Children with eczema are prone to skin infections. Call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the early signs of a skin infection, including:

  • Increased fever
  • Redness and warmth on or around affected areas
  • Pus-filled bumps on or around affected areas
  • Areas on the skin that look like cold sores or fever blisters
For more information about eczema care, please call (877) 647-7440.

Dermatology treatments

Because there are so many skin conditions that affect children, your pediatric dermatologist at RMHC will first work with you and your child to carefully diagnose the problem. Our caring and experienced doctors will consider your child’s condition, age, medical history and lifestyle as treatment is recommended.

From medication to dermatology services, your child’s dermatology treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Application of salicylic and lactic acid (to soften infected area)
  • Cool compresses or cool baths to decrease itching
  • Electrodesiccation (using an electrical current to destroy warts)
  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen (for warts)
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Laser surgery or other surgical intervention
  • Medications (oral or topical) to decrease itching
  • Phototherapy (light therapy under physician supervision)
  • Rest and behavioral changes (such as not using an affected leg or arm)
  • Special shampoos
  • Warm, wet dressings on the infection site