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Managing your child’s Eczema

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Atopic Dermatitis is the clinical name for the chronic (long-term) skin condition most of us call Eczema. This dry, itchy, rashy skin condition presents itself in many different forms, with varying degrees of severity. It can come and go and appear virtually anywhere on the body. It is uncomfortable and can be very painful indeed. If your child suffers from eczema you will know how miserable it can be.

A Family Approach

Your child’s eczema can impact the whole family. As a parent you simply want to make it better, to soothe and calm you child and take away the pain and irritation caused by eczema. This creates a stress that mirrors that being experienced by your child and can filter out into other areas of family life as you let off steam.

Establishing a routine for managing your child’s eczema when it flares-up is one of the best coping strategies you can employ. Depending on the extent of the eczema, your care routine may include the need for regular baths and the careful and consistent application of medicines and moisturisers. This all takes time and to minimise the impact on family life, it’s important to work together to ensure everyone knows what must be done and when. In this way you can work your child’s eczema care into your daily routine with the least possible impact.

It’s Not Your Fault

If your child’s eczema is very visible, you may also have to deal with comments from friends, extended family and even strangers. If you feel your stress levels rising in response to such interference try to remember that you have no need or obligation to explain or justify your child’s condition. In some cases it can help to be proactive in this respect and actively inform those who are curious about your child’s condition and the impact it has on all of your lives. This can be a very effective way of silencing their questions.

Above all, remind yourself daily that the very existence of the condition is no one’s fault. It just is. Free yourself from the emotional baggage attached to feeling responsible for your child’s condition and redirect that energy into dealing with its effects.

Seek Support

managing your child's eczemaNever be afraid to ask for help if you need it. The time taken to care for a child with severe eczema can have a significant impact on your ability to complete all the other necessary daily chores. You can reduce your stress by enlisting the help of everyone in the family to make sure these mundane tasks are taken care of. And ask for help from outside the family too if you need it. The less stressed you are the better equipped you will be to help your child.

Eczema is unfortunately a very common problem. The good part about that is the existence of many support groups and social networking collaborations where sufferers share their experiences. Tap into these resources to reach out to others in the same situation and draw strength from knowing that you and your child are not alone in your battle with this condition.

Empower your Child

If your child’s eczema appears on areas of the body that are very visible, your child may grow to become self-conscious of, and uncomfortable with, the way their skin looks. Talking to your child about the eczema – what it is, how important the treatments are, what may trigger a flare-up – is one important way to help your child feel less out of control about it. Encouraging them to participate in their treatment routine will also serve to empower them. Learning to care for themselves will help them as they grow up and give them an ownership of the eczema that will help them to cope with the reactions of others towards it.

Refine your Treatments

Eczema can evolve as your child grows. It may become more or less severe, or triggers may change over time. Review your child’s treatment regularly with your Doctor, and be sure to mention any changes you have noticed in the frequency and appearance of the eczema, and situations or environments that seem to trigger it, or help it.

 

 

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About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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