The experienced specialists in our Pediatric Dermatology program are up-to-date on the best care for infants, children and adolescents with all kinds of skin disorders, whether common or rare. They provide compassionate, advanced care for atopic dermatitis; psoriasis; inherited skin conditions, such as ectodermal dysplasias (in which skin and sometimes other body parts, such as hair or teeth, are abnormal); disorders of keratinization (such as ichthyosis, a category of conditions marked by scaly skin); congenital nevus (a mole that a baby is born with); and dysplastic melanocytic nevus (a pigmented, atypical-looking mole that appears sometime after birth), among many other conditions.
For babies and children with the red birthmarks called hemangiomas or other skin abnormalities involving blood vessels, we offer specialty care through our Birthmarks & Vascular Anomalies Center. Our experts treat birthmarks with laser therapy, when appropriate.
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Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.
Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.
Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.
Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
Music Therapy Program
Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
Individual Playtime & Instruction
If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.
Family Resource Center
We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.
Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.
If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.
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