Effects of Eczema on Children
Eczema can affect many aspects of your child’s life, from persistent and uncomfortable symptoms to emotional stress. As parents, we want to do all we can to help our children manage this difficult condition. Understanding how Eczema affects your child both physically and emotionally can help find solutions for your child’s specific challenges.
Here are the most common effects of Eczema on children:
Children with Eczema are vulnerable to bacterial or viral skin infections. It occurs due to breaks in the skin from repetitive scratching. Skin infection can worsen Eczema and often may require antibiotic or antiviral medications.
The uncomfortable and painful symptoms of Eczema can lead to interrupted sleep, daytime sleepiness, irritability, and moodiness.
The following may help prevent your child’s itching during bedtime:
Gloves or arm sleeves to block scratching
Soft cotton and loose-fitting nighttime wear
Silk sheets and a thin cotton blanket
Bathing and Moisturizing skin
A child with Eczema may struggle emotionally due to changes in skin appearance and activity restrictions. Some experience bullying which can lead to social isolation, a decrease in self-esteem, and self-confidence. Research reveals higher rates of depression and anxiety among children with Eczema.
Managing Eczema is important; however, psychosocial issues that go along with it also need to be addressed. So if your child is experiencing mental health issues, consult a mental health specialist.
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