Dermatitis is a general term which means, literally, ‘inflammation of the skin’. There are many causes and types of dermatitis. In some cases the inflammation is caused by direct irritation from various things in the external environment: chemicals, infections, insect bites and so on. In other cases the inflammation is caused by allergic reactions. In many cases the exact cause is unknown or never identified. In some cases, mild inflammation is made worse by a child scratching an itchy bite or rash. This chapter discusses some of the more common causes of dermatitis in children, including eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, scabies and head lice.

Contents include

  • What is dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Head lice
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Gerry has over 40 years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the emergency department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry then worked for 16 years part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne’s east and also ran her own business in paediatric health education. She retired from clinical nursing in December 2017 but continues with her teaching to nurses and community groups. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who at...

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