Even though it is rare psoriasis can and does occur in babies. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that speeds up the production of new skin cells causing red-colored scaly plaques that are silver or white flakes. Though it mostly develops from age15 to 30 it does affect babies. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown but it is not contagious and can therefore not be passed from one individual to another.

There are some factors that are thought to be responsible for the development of chronic disease in babies and that include, infectious triggers, environmental triggers, and family history.

If a baby’s first or second-degree relative has psoriasis, it increases its susceptibility to the disease. Family history is a major component of this disease. If there is a history of autoimmune diseases in the family such as Crohn’s disease and Multiple sclerosis.

A history of the above diseases in the baby’s family increases its risk of developing the chronic disease. The baby’s susceptibility is also preceded by infections like strep throat infections and colds. Other factors that may trigger psoriasis in infants include some medications, stress, skin trauma, and cold weather.

Psoriasis is rare and difficult to diagnose in infants due to the fact that it may have similarities with other skin conditions that affect babies. A specialist and a close examination of family history might be necessary for diagnosis.

A persistent rash for instance that has resisted most treatments and applied creams needs immediate attention to determine its cause and will require observation for an extended period.

Psoriasis causes reddish and white scaly patches on the skin. They can be irritatingly itchy and painful. In babies, the lesions mostly occur in the following areas such as knees, elbows, diaper area, face, and scalp.

There are various treatments that have few side effects and can help infants and they include, light therapy, exposure to natural sunlight, moisturizers made for psoriasis patients.

Psoriasis can affect anyone ranging from adults, children, and babies. Most treatments for teens and adults cannot be used to treat babies because babies are sensitive and the medications might cause side effects.

If an infant is diagnosed with a certain type of psoriasis there are treatment options that a pediatric dermatologist can recommend. In infants, it is possible for it to disappear completely and never recur.