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Maternal & Child Skin Health: A Resource

Healthcare professionals are frequently presented with babies and young children with skin health problems. Many mothers also have skin or hair issues as a result of becoming a mother.

"Most common amongst these are nappy rash, atopic dermatitis (eczema), mild soborrhoeic dermatitis or cradle cap. Birthmarks are also very common with more than 50% of children under the age of one having a salmon patch, 10% having some form of haemangioma, more than 15% having a mongolian spot and up to 10% having a congenital melanocytic naevus (mole)." (Department of Dermatology, St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne. "Skin. An education program for Maternal & Child  Health".  2002)

This Resource been prepared to assist maternal & child health nurses, GPs and pharmacists in the diagnosis and management of these very common skin health problems.

It has been developed by a team of consultant dermatologists with sub-specialty interests in neo-natal skin health and the common skin conditions experienced by mothers.  They have all been acknowledged in the Contributors section.


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This resource has been developed and produced by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc in Melbourne, with the financial support of a grant from Johnson & Johnson Pacific.