Dermatologist helps baby and parents rest easy

July 14, 2014

Jaylen Greene was a happy baby until his face broke out in a red, itchy rash.

Gradually, the skin condition worsened until the 3-month-old son of Benjamin and Brandy Greene scratched his cheeks so furiously that he drew blood. The itching kept him awake at night. Even his day care teachers were concerned.

"He was miserable and itchy," Brandy Green said. "And that was hard on all of us, especially since no one was getting any sleep."

The Greenes took Jaylen to a dermatologist, but the medications the doctor recommended didn’t work. So Brandy Greene, senior auditor with UNT System, made an appointment for Jaylen to see Stuart Brown, MD, and Ryan Pham, DO, a dermatology resident at UNT Health Science Center.

Dr. Brown, who has several decades of experience in dermatology, oversees the UNTHSC Dermatology Division’s resident doctor program. He recognized Jaylen’s skin condition as a serious case of eczema – a common ailment that caused Jayden’s face to turn dry and crusty.

Dr. Brown ordered up a prescription ointment and suggested ways the Greenes could moisturize Jaylen’s skin. Jaylen’s rash disappeared almost instantaneously. The itching stopped. He slept again.

Not only did Dr. Brown treat Jaylen’s eczema, Brandy Greene said, but he diagnosed another skin abnormality in Jaylen -a small, harmless indention in his thigh where his skin did not fuse properly.

Several doctors were previously unable to identify the indention, so it was a relief to learn that it was nothing to worry about, Brandy Greene said.

Now that Jaylen’s rash is gone, he is a happy baby again, Brandy Greene said.

"Other parents at day care keep asking us what dermatologist we saw because Jaylen’s skin looks so much better," she said. "We were so happy with our experience at UNT Health."

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