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Learning module: Newborn skin disease: rashes


Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help learners develop a clinical approach for rashes in newborns.

By completing this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the morphology, distribution, and characteristic timing of erythema toxicum, transient neonatal pustular melanosis, miliaria, seborrheic dermatitis, and neonatal cephalic pustulosis (neonatal acne)

  • Distinguish these benign neonatal rashes from conditions that require diagnostic and therapeutic interventions (such as skin infections and inherited conditions)

  • Identify and perform initial work-up and management for a patient with neonatal HSV

  • Identify clinical findings that can suggest neonatal Langerhans cell histiocytosis and discuss approach to managing these patients

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Pediatric learning modules

In 2015, the Society for Pediatric Dermatology's Education Committee and the AAD's Basic Dermatology Curriculum work group collaborated to develop pediatric dermatology specific modules to complement the Basic Dermatology Curriculum. These modules were identified based on research conducted by SPD members as topics primary care providers should know about pediatric dermatology but were not addressed in the Basic Dermatology Curriculum.

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