Vitiligo In Children – Causes, Symptoms, And How Parents Should Handle


Vitiligo in simple language means a loss of normal skin color. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder characterized by either defective formation of the skin pigment called melanin or destruction or complete loss of melanin pigment. It affects the skin by forming white patches that impart an unpleasant appearance to the affected individual.
Causes of Vitiligo:
The exact cause of Vitiligo is not yet known but the following factors are known to play a role in the development of vitiligo in an individual.
Genetic tendency
Hormonal disorder
Trauma
Occupational hazards
Causes of Vitiligo in Children:
One of the most common causes of the development of vitiligo in children is the genetic factor. Dr. Rajesh Shah, MD, Life Force has made an important observation through a study at Life Force that the patients of Vitiligo have a strong genetic trait where his close family members, such as parents, grandparents, uncle, aunt, or a sibling, suffer from one or more of the following diseases.
Vitiligo
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Diabetes
Alopecia Areata
Cancer
Pernicious anemia
Symptoms of Vitiligo:
The development of white skin patches is the most common symptom of vitiligo. As the cells (melanocytes) which produce the skin pigment in these skin patches are destroyed, unpleasant white patches develop on the skin. Commonly, white patches due to vitiligo are found on the arms, hands, feet, lips, and face of the children. Also, in some kids, white hair can be noticed. Besides these, vitiligo may also impact the mucous membranes, which include the tissues within the nose, mouth, and eyes.
Types of Vitiligo:
Vitiligo is divided into two types.
1.Segmental Vitiligo: Segmental Vitiligo affects only one segment of the body that means vitiligo affects only one side of the face, leg, or arm. Segmental Vitiligo is most commonly observed in children. More than half of the patients with segmental vitiligo happen to have patches of white hair on the head, on an eyelash, or an eyebrow.
2.Nonsegmental Vitiligo: It affects both the sides of the body, such as legs, arms, knees, etc.
Diagnosis of Vitiligo in Children:
Diagnosis of vitiligo is done by physical examination and considering the medical history and laboratory investigations. Generally, a thorough examination by an expert is sufficient to diagnose the cause of Vitiligo. In some cases, the following measures are taken.
Wood’s Lamp: Inspection of the skin with Wood’s lamp by an expert can help diagnose the condition.
Laboratory tests, such as Thyroid Profile which includes finding out the levels of T3, T4, and TSH
In rare cases, a biopsy of the skin is recommended.
Is Every White Spot a Vitiligo?
The answer is a big “NO”. Some fungal infections, such as Tinea versicolor, Pityriasis Alba and Scleroderma, are also represented in the form of a white patch on the body. To know more about diseases that are mistaken as vitiligo visit the link. >>Read more<<
How Should Parents Approach Vitiligo in Children?
When any child is diagnosed with Vitiligo, the parents feel an extreme sense of shock and rejection. No doubt, it is tough for any parent to accept easily that their child suffers from Vitiligo but they have to be Braveheart and instill confidence into their child suffering from Vitiligo. Following are the guidelines for the parents of children who are diagnosed having Vitiligo.
1.Accept the situation: Once as a parent you accept the disease, it will be easier for your child to face society with confidence.
2.Do not try to hide the spots: Children are very sensitive and sharp. If you always insist on wearing clothes by which their vitiligo spots are covered, it may produce a sense of inferiority complex in their minds. Rather allow them to wear whatever they want to.
3.Do not examine the spread of the disease often: This shows the restlessness and fear in the minds of parents about vitiligo. This will make the child more conscious of the disease. Rather, examine the spread of the disease strictly when the child is sleeping and only once in a month.
Can Homeopathic Medicines Treat Vitiligo in Children?
Homeopathic medicines are found useful in treating vitiligo in children and adults. Dr. Rajesh Shah, MD. Life Force has treated and documented over 6000 cases of Vitiligo across the continents in the last 30 years of his practice. He observes that vitiligo in children can be treated very well with the help of homeopathic medicines.
If you have any queries regarding vitiligo or any chronic disease, feel free to contact us. You can give us a call at +91-22-66888888 or drop in an email at info@lifeforce.in

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  1. 12
    Nilakshan

    Hi Dr.Rajesh,
    I’m a doctor in Sri Lanka. My 5 year daughter is diagnosed to have Vitiligo. I need your help in getting treatment for the problem.
    Thank you.

     
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    Nilakshan

    Hi Dr.Rajesh,
    I’m a doctor in Sri Lanka. My 5 year daughter is diagnosed to have Vitiligo. I need your help in getting treatment for the problem.
    Thank you.

     
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    Vaani

    Hello doctor,

    Am from Karnataka. My daughter has Vitiligo since 4 years. We are treating with homeopathy medicine but not helping in anyway. It is increasing day by day. We are worried. Pls help me in this.

     
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      Life Force

      Definitely, research-based Homeopathic medicines at Lifeforce can help your daughter. We at Lifeforce helped more than 7000 patients with vitiligo worldwide. Patented medicines of Dr. Shah helps in controlling the spread of Vitiligo by attempting to correct the immune system and further, it helps in melanin synthesis which gives normal color to the skin. As you stay in Karnataka you can opt for an online treatment wherein an account will be created for further communication where you can post photos of vitiligo affected areas for better evaluation each time. We will be happy to help your child. You can start the online treatment from here: https://www.askdrshah.com/online.aspx

       
    • 18
      Life Force

      As per Dr. Shah’s experience after treating over 7000 patient of Vitiligo at lifeforce, Homeopathy can help your daughter as most of the vitiligo cases, however, it is hard to make the statement that Homeopathy can cure each and every case of Vitiligo permanently. Homeopathy works effectively in early cases of vitiligo especially those which are not widespread. Certain cases of Vitiligo where difficult areas of the body such fingertips, mucocutaneous junction, lips, corners of the mouth, corners of eyes and both sides of the body are involved, are difficult to treat. We would like to help your child. Please get in touch with us on 022-66888888 or you can also visit our website http://www.askdrshah.com for further details

       
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    Indika Udayanganie

    Hello doctor,

    Am from Sri Lanka. My daughter has Vitiligo since 1 years. We are treating with herbal medicine but not helping in anyway. It is increasing day by day. We are worried. Please help me in this.

     
  5. 23
    Kristen

    My daughter is 6 and was diagnosed at 5. It’s spreading and I want to do everything I can to help her. Any info would be great thank you!

     
    • 24
      Life Force

      In order to guide you correctly for your query, we request you to provide your contact detail so one of our expert doctors will contact you or you may call us on + 91-22-66-888888 or write to us info@lifeforce.in

       
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    Tamseel Khurshid

    Hello Dr Shah
    i am from asansol west bengal, i would like to state that my son aged 10 years is suffering from vitiligo and i have already tried in allopathic but in vain. now for the last 5 months i am giving arsenic sulflavum but i am very upset. please give some advice

     
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      Life Force

      In order to guide you correctly for your query, we request you to provide your contact detail so one of our expert doctors will contact you or you may call us on + 91-22-66-888888 or write to us info@lifeforce.in

       

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