We often discuss rosacea on the blog, but today I thought we would focus on a different group that can also be deeply affected: children. Rosacea often tends to begin in childhood as common facial flushing, which is usually a response to stress. For this reason, however, it is often underreported because it’s seen as an emotional response, and not necessarily as an indicator of a potential skin condition.
Diagnosis beyond this initial stage does not usually take place. However, it would be beneficial to recognize children in the early stages of rosacea more seriously, although it is uncertain if treatment would be necessary at that stage. What is essential at this point would be to perform an eye exam, just to ensure that rosacea was not also manifesting in the eyes.
A common assumption that also acts as a barrier to tracking and treatment is that rosacea is generally thought of as a disease of fair-skinned, young to middle-aged adults. This is not necessarily the case, as it has been noted to affect people of other complexions and ages.
If a child seems to have consistently flushed skin, it could be a sign of unstable blood vessels and early rosacea. You would be able to recognize the difference in these children as they would likely blush more frequently and with greater intensity, for longer periods than their peers exposed to similar conditions. When a healthy child starts to accumulate papules and small pustules of the face, a diagnoses beyond the initial stage of rosacea should definitely be carried out. This is especially true if a family history of rosacea exists.
In conclusion, keep an eye on your child if they seem to get flushed easily, and don’t always dismiss it as a normal reaction. Be sure to constantly apply sun protection to their skin, and I would highly recommend consulting your dermatologist if you have a family history of rosacea as well!