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Child having a dark skin below the waist compared to face and hand. Underlying cause? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jun-2013
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User:Hello Doctor
Doctor:How can I help you/
User:My query is that i have a son who is 10 months old and his skin is dark from below the waist. He is a premature baby born in the 7th month. I am using XXXXXXX baby lotion and powder. Also i use Candid powder near his genetail arear to avoid rash. Is it because of the powder the skin is dark?
User:His hand, Face is white in colour
Doctor:There are few medical products which help in lightening the skin, but I would advice it to be used in a 10 month old kid.
Doctor:The reason for darkening can be due to allergic causes or sun exposure.
User:But he hardly leaves the house and has no allergies as such
Doctor:May I know if there are dark patches or the entire lower limb below the waist is darkened?
User:the entire below waist is darkened
User:specially his genetial arear
User:genital arear
Doctor:I am not aware of any organic medical condition which cause whole of the body below the waist line darkening.
User:ok but it cant be because of powder we use??
Doctor:Darkening over the genitalia/groin could be due to perspiration, fungal rashes or due to conditions like acanthosis nigra
Doctor:It is unlikely that the powder causes darkening.
User:but he has no rashes
Doctor:I understand your concern, but without a clear examination of the skinn
User:also may be because he is in nappy with nappy pads the skin there is dark
Doctor:it is difficult to predict the cause of these darkening.
Doctor:Nappy rashes can be responsible for skin changes, but
Doctor:they are not expected to spread to the entire legs and below the waist.
User:ok so i will show him to the skin doctor.
Doctor:If you've notice a clear differentiation between 2 parts of the body, i would suggest you to consult a dermatologist
Doctor:I apologize for not being much help here.
User:Yes ok i will take him to the dermatologist.Thanks for your advice
Doctor:Is there any other concern that you wish to discuss?
User:no thank you
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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