Psoriasis is one of the most stubborn skin diseases. It is characterised by thick, red silvery scaled patches of skin. This disease may appear at any age, though it is rare in infancy and early childhood. The incidence increases throughout chldhood, after the age of five years, to reach a peak at adolescence. Girls suffering from this disease outnumber boys by two to one.
Anemia is the most common blood disorder of childhood and is widely prevalent early in life. It denotes a shortage of rich red blood cells and colouring matter called haemoglobin. The disease is more often frequent in premature infants, in twins or in infants whose mothers had an inadequate diet during pregnancy.
Warts refer to hard, dry growths in the skin. They are capable of spreading, but are usually harmless. They often disappear spontaneously. These small benign tumours of the skin are most common in childhood, but after infancy.
Warts come in various shapes and sizes. Common warts are raised cauliflower loke lesions which occur most frequently on the hands. They may be scattered or grouped. These warts in children usually resolve spontaneously eventually. Some warts are thread- like and others flat.