`Intensify research in paediatric dermatology'

BANGALORE, AUG. 21. There was need for more research in the field of paediatric dermatology, D.G. Benakappa senior consultant paediatrician and former Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, said here on Saturday.

Inaugurating the third National Conference of Paediatric Dermatology here, Dr. Benakappa said skin diseases in children often occurred in a different way as compared to adults. Their treatment plan, drug dosage, and duration of treatment were different. Therefore, a special knowledge of the subject was essential to address the issues.

Around 400 dermatologists from across the country are participating in the two-day conference.

The international faculty included C.L. Goh and Y.C. Chan from the National Skin Centre, Singapore. They spoke on "Setting up of a paediatric dermatology unit" and "Contact dermatitis in children."

It was highlighted at the conference that 30 to 40 per cent of all skin diseases encountered in day-to-day practice pertained to paediatric age group.