Seborrheic keratosis is a type of keratosis that is characterized by the growth of ugly greasy wart like growths that originate from keratinocytes. The lesions usually bleed at some point and they also get irritated when subjected to friction making them itchy. Lesions of this kind of keratosis vary in size, shape and color. They can be in shades of brown and black; they can be flat or conical and lastly, can be as small as the head of a pin or as big as an inch. Seborrheic keratosis is normally noncancerous and neither is it contagious. It is said that seborrhoeic keratosis affects people of the middle age and can start as early as adolescence. It is rare in children.
The big question whether or not your children can acquire seborrheic keratosis. Children rarely get seborrheic keratosis but that does not mean that they cannot get it. Seborrheic keratosis is said to be caused by the sun and it is also inherited. This type of keratosis is also known as senile warts. This term shows that they are acquired at old age.
Chances are very minimal that your child will get seborrheic keratosis as it is associated with old age. Nevertheless, there have been few reported cases of seborrheic keratosis in children which shows that it is possible for your children to have this skin disorder although it is rare. The first reason for this is that seborrheic keratosis is hereditary. If you have a family history of this type of keratosis, your child might be at risk of getting it. Chances of your child getting it are higher if those who previously had it had it at a tender age. In such a case, you cannot prevent your children from seborrheic keratosis.
Seborrheic keratosis is also said to be caused by overexposure to the sun. In such a case, the skin disorder can be prevented. Ensure that your child has used sunscreen before steeping out in the sun. Sunscreen shields one from the harmful UV light of the sun. The sunscreen also has to be of broad spectrum.
Suppose your child gets seborrheic keratosis, you can seek proper treatment from a dermatologist though it is unnecessary as the lesions are noncancerous.
Finally, as you have seen, seborrheic keratosis is a possible occurrence in children though rare. It mostly starts showing at middle age. If you can prevent your child, please do use preventive measures.