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What are the causes of skin problems in children?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
From time to time, things are going to pop up on your child's skin. Some may scare you. Some may concern you. Some may even amuse you: How did chocolate end up there? Our overriding message is that you should regularly inspect your child's skin with the scrutiny of an airport security guard. Check it thoroughly and pay special attention to anything that changes or looks suspicious. While there are many variations of skin problems, we like to think of them in five big categories:

1. Immune function fallout

2. Mechanical problems (part of the structure isn't working properly)

3. Infectious issues

4. Hazards of the great outdoors

5. Congenital issues (spots and stripes that your child was born with)
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