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Is vitiligo possible in baby?

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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: This happens, but...

Vitiligo in an infant is extremely rare.
Average age of onset is 20yo. If this is truly a diagnostic consideration for a child with hypopigmentation, the child should be seen by an expert in this area to confirm the diagnosis and to consider alternative differential diagnoses. Because we don't know what causes vitiligo, diagnosis is clinical, making it all the more important to be certain.

In brief: This happens, but...

Vitiligo in an infant is extremely rare.
Average age of onset is 20yo. If this is truly a diagnostic consideration for a child with hypopigmentation, the child should be seen by an expert in this area to confirm the diagnosis and to consider alternative differential diagnoses. Because we don't know what causes vitiligo, diagnosis is clinical, making it all the more important to be certain.
Dr. Michael Engel
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Dr. Zoey Goore
Pediatrics

In brief: Vitiligo

Vitiligo is possible in anyone.
If the baby is born with it then you may want to have your doctor take a look. Also sometime folks confuse vitiligo with hypopigmentation (absence of color versus lack of color). If you baby has seborrheic dermatitis and depending on the type of cream you are using or the severity of seb derm you may actually have changes secondary to the seb derm not vitiligo.

In brief: Vitiligo

Vitiligo is possible in anyone.
If the baby is born with it then you may want to have your doctor take a look. Also sometime folks confuse vitiligo with hypopigmentation (absence of color versus lack of color). If you baby has seborrheic dermatitis and depending on the type of cream you are using or the severity of seb derm you may actually have changes secondary to the seb derm not vitiligo.
Dr. Zoey Goore
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management

In brief: Pigmentary derm

Vitiligo most commonly manifests in adulthood but can certainly be seen in kids and pre-school children.
Your pediatrician, family doctor, pediatric internist or dermatologist can help confirm the diagnosis. Autoimmune related diseases (diabetes type 1, thyroid disorders, adrenal insufficiency, etc.) should be screened during history and physical at well check exams.

In brief: Pigmentary derm

Vitiligo most commonly manifests in adulthood but can certainly be seen in kids and pre-school children.
Your pediatrician, family doctor, pediatric internist or dermatologist can help confirm the diagnosis. Autoimmune related diseases (diabetes type 1, thyroid disorders, adrenal insufficiency, etc.) should be screened during history and physical at well check exams.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
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