Dermatitis




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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Paediatrics
Gerry has many 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 currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide.

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