What’s that red spot on my child’s skin?​

Rashes are often caused by infections and are common in children. This is because their immune system is not fully developed until they reach puberty. While it’s a relief to know that most rashes are not dangerous, it’s also importa​nt to make sure they’re not caused by a more serious infection.

Unsure what to do about your child’s rashes, or when to bring your child to see a doctor?

Dr Uma Alagappan​, Associate Consultant from the Dermatology Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital​ (KKH), a member of the SingHealth​ group, is here to answer your questions on skin rashes in children.

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Dr Uma Alagappan
Associate Consultant
Dermatology Service
KK Women’s and Childre​n’s Hospital

Dr Uma Alagappan​​ is an Associate Consultant in the Dermatology Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). She is also a Clinical Faculty Member in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS).

Dr Uma completed her medical training in 2006 at the NUS. After obtaining a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 2010, Dr Uma went on to complete her specialist training in dermatology at the National Skin Centre and Changi General Hospital (CGH). She subsequently moved to KKH to pursue her interest in paediatric dermatology after working in Changi General Hospital for two years.

​Dr Uma’s research interests include paediatric immunodermatology and contact dermatitis. She has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has been a reviewer for these journals. In addition, she has delivered lectures at local and international paediatric dermatology conferences. She is also involved in teaching dermatology to medical students, nursing students pursuing their Masters and junior doctors.

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