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Curly Hair? Of Course We Care!

As a pediatric dermatologist, I frequently encounter families seeking guidance on caring for their children’s beautiful curly hair. Knowing the right products and techniques can make all the difference in keeping those curls healthy, happy, and manageable. That’s why I’m excited to share with you these fantastic resources created by my colleague, Jennifer Choo, PA!

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Our Response to Current Events

I write this blog post to recognize that this is a time of deep pain for many of our colleagues, patients, families, and friends. At Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology we believe that every child deserves a childhood free from violence and trauma and have deep concern for the Israeli and Palestinian children and families who are suffering immeasurable losses and hardships right now. We also recognize and extend our thoughts to the Christians, Druze and other minorities who are also suffering and grieving in the region.

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Reducing Razor Bumps

Irritation and bumps after shaving (razor bumps or shaving bumps) are common in all people who shave. It is a very common problem after puberty and for people who start shaving for the first time. Here are some strategies you can try before seeing a medical provider or that you can use in conjunction with most treatment plans to make your treatments work even better.

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Tips for Dry and Cracked Hands

Cold temperatures and low humidity are a tough combination for the many among us who wash our hands countless times throughout the day. Adding flu season and a COVID pandemic to the mix has made hand eczema common in children and teens who are doing their part to prevent the spread of germs. This blog post reviews many methods you can use to keep your hands healthy and germ free during the winter months. Most of these tips come from a publication on hand hygiene recommendations created by the American Contact Dermatitis Society (https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(20)32256-8/pdf).

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Diet and Eczema

A common question parents ask is if certain foods might be making their infant’s or child’s eczema worse. This is an important, yet tricky, question as a nutritious, well-balanced diet is especially important for the health of a child’s skin, body, and mind. That being said, there are safe ways to improve your child’s eczema by adjusting their diet. This blog reviews how I think about the relationship between food and eczema (atopic dermatitis), and I hope you find these tips helpful in exploring triggers while ensuring that you do not restrict your baby’s or child’s diet without a clear benefit to their eczema.

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Pediatric Dermatology Diaper Rash Tips

Most newborns and infants will have a diaper rash some time in their life. Although the word “diaper” is included in the name, it is usually the conditions associated with wearing diapers—and not the diaper itself—that cause the majority of diaper rashes. These conditions include (1) prolonged exposure to alkaline urine, which disrupts the skin barrier and encourages overgrowth of microbes; (2) friction; and (3) irritation from poop. Most mild diaper rashes can be cleared with more frequent diaper changes, gentle cleansing, and using a thick diaper cream multiple times a day. However, sometimes diaper rashes can be extra difficult to control and this blog contains my favorite tips for preventing and clearing up diaper rashes (diaper dermatitis).

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Reaching Teens: How We Connect with Adolescents at Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology

I am super excited this month because the newest version of “Reaching Teens” by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg (a pediatrician and adolescent health specialist in Philadelphia) is being released and this is my favorite book on how to connect with teens. More than any other age group, skills in passing the “trustworthy test” with teens are equally important to any medical skills or degrees a doctor may have. You won’t get respect just because you are an adult with a medical degree…and you can’t force a teen to take pills or use a cream! I have used this textbook to guide the design of our dermatology office, and regularly read it and watch its videos to improve my adolescent communication skills. If anyone wants to know how I will interact with adolescents, this is my starting place. read more…

Our Response to Recent Events

All of us at Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology wholeheartedly agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics statement on racial injustice and the need to critically examine the role of racial bias and institutional racism in our community (https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/06/01/racism060120). We stand with our pediatric colleagues for justice and for the equitable treatment of black and brown people. read more…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today, we have created a blog celebrating Mother’s Day…using a poem!  This is one of my all-time favorite poems, by Billy Collins, that brings a tear to my eye whenever I read it.  In a touching and humorous poem, Collins identifies something many children have thought at some point: that we can “repay” our mothers in some way for all that they do for us.  Of course, the “worn truth” is that this is impossible.  I love how all the selfless, loving acts of motherhood are answered with, “yes, I know, here’s a lanyard.”  It’s often said that parenting is a thankless job, and the naivete of children when it comes to gratitude does not help!  I hope you enjoy and think about selfless love as you read this poem. read more…

“All of my family loves Dr. Burkhart. I have several children and have been to many dermatologists. He is the best and all my kids go to him now. I wish I was able to be his patient too, but he only sees children.”
~ happy parent

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