Vitiligo is a medical condition of the skin. In vitiligo the cells which give the color to the skin, known as melenocytes are destroyed due to some reason. This causes white patches of the skin. The white patches also occur on the mucous membrane of the mouth, nose and genitals.
Vitiligo affects both the genders; it is noticeable more in people who have dark skin color. The exact cause of vitiligo is not known, but genetic and autoimmune causes are put forward as the cause of vitiligo.
Vitiligo in children is a new problem faced by parents in recent times. More dependence on the fast foods and relation between them and auto immune disorder such as diabetes, alopecia, hyperthyroidism and vitiligo is a subject of research.
The important factor in vitiligo is what we eat. And therefore we as parents should follow some guidelines for our children eating habits.
Do not allow regular junk food; avoid combining odd food items together while eating, give supplementary diet to improve immunity. If you find some white patch on your child’s skin, consult a doctor immediately.
Symptoms of Vitiligo in Children
White patches on the skin, on the corner of mouth on the genitals, face and lips are more commonly seen in children.
White and premature graying of hair is common in vitiligo in children. Symmetrical patches around mouth and eyes.
Treatment of Vitiligo in Children
Alternative treatment with homeopathy is effective in curing vitiligo in children.
Many people try herbal medicines for their children, the results takes time.
A healthy nutrition habit is very important in curing the condition.
Some dermatologist may advise PUVA therapy for the white patches.