Does Vitiligo Occur in Children?

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YES. Vitiligo is a loss of skin pigment, or color, that causes white spots or patches to appear on the skin. In fact, it can occur both in adults and in children. In some children, vitiligo patches don’t spread, and in others they do. But, it is not usually a life-threatening condition. Childhood vitiligo differs from the adults by showing a higher incidence in females. Children with vitiligo may be suffering from a marked mental influence. Because viligo could have a long lasting effect on the self-esteem of them and their parents. So, as a parent you can do a lot to help your child with confidence and self-esteem. Here are a few tips:
  • Don't focus on the vitiligo or put pressure on your child to cover it up.
  • Remind your child of all the things which he or she is good at.
  • Teach your child to be comfortable explaining what vitiligo is to other kids.
  • Encourage your child to say yes to play dates, pool parties, trips, and any other experiences he or she might be tempted to pass on because of the vitiligo.
  • Urge your son or daughter to volunteer or get involved in the community.
Finally, remember to take your children to the doctors' as soon as possible. Because treatment can help slow and ease some of the symptoms.     Keywords: vitiligo children, vitiligo kids
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