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Pediatric dermatology is a subspecialty of dermatology focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions in children, including newborns, toddlers, school-age, adolescents, and young adults. Board-certified pediatric dermatologists hold credentials in both dermatology and pediatric dermatology, and some may also be board certified in pediatrics, as is Dr. Gonzalez.

Mercedes E. Gonzalez, MD at Pediatric Dermatology of Miami is a triple board-certified pediatric dermatologist with credentials in pediatrics, dermatology, and the subspecialty of pediatric dermatology.

A pediatric dermatologist treats a full spectrum of dermatologic conditions in children, including eczema, acne, birthmarks, severe dermatitis, hair loss, and more. Many of these conditions are hereditary and can be seen in other family members. A pediatric dermatologist is a trained dermatologist who may also be able to treat similar conditions in parents.

If your child suffers from any condition involving the hair, skin, or nails that requires special expertise, it is a good idea to see a pediatric dermatologist.

In addition to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pediatric dermatology conditions, physicians like Dr. Mercedes E. Gonzalez are trained to communicate with your child to help them feel safe and secure. They are knowledgeable and highly skilled at diagnosing patients, even if they are shy or too young to speak.
A pediatric dermatologist is a dermatologist who has additional training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases that occur more commonly or exclusively in children, such as birthmarks, genetic skin conditions, atopic dermatitis, molluscum, and many others. Just be sure to do your homework, because not all specialists who claim to be board certified in dermatology or pediatric dermatology are the same.
◾ A dermatologist credentialed by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), the oldest and most rigorous certifying body for dermatologists. The ABD has stringent criteria and requirements for certification and maintenance of certification to ensure proper training and expertise. Learn more about board certification for dermatologists
◾ Fellowship training in pediatric dermatology and certification after passing a rigorous certifying exam, administered by the American Board of Dermatology, for the subspecialty of pediatric dermatology
◾ A dermatologist who is a diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology and member of the Society of Pediatric Dermatology