IgA pemphigus (IGAP) is a rare autoimmune bullous disease characterized by IgA deposits on keratinocyte cell surfaces. The IGAP is classified into: 1) subcorneal pustular dermatosis (SPD) type, and 2) intraepidermal neutrophilic (IEN) IgA dermatosis type. So far, only 9 children with IGAP have been described in the literature, of whom only 3 with SPD type. We report a 3-year-old boy with SPD type of IGAP. Clinically, he presented with pruritic vesicles, pustules and erosions on the face, trunk, groin area, and extremities. Histopathology showed subcorneal pustules containing a few acantholytic cells. Direct immunofluorescence (DIF) test of Tzanck smear showed intercellular IgA deposits on the surface of the groups of epidermal cells. Oral dapsone and prednisone induced remission after two weeks; the treatment was discontinued 11 months later, and complete remission was achieved during 19 months without any treatment. Direct immunofluorescence of Tzanck smear is a simple, sensitive, rapid and non-aggressive test, very suitable for the diagnosis of IGAP in children.