My ten-year old son has mild psoriasis. Are there dermatologists who specialize in working with children?
Pediatric dermatologists have specialized training for the diagnosis and treatment of children with dermatologic disorders. Check with your doctor about being referred to a paediatric dermatologist. Continue reading “FAQ”
While understanding their disease from a medical standpoint is very important, don’t underestimate the importance of your child learning to recognize his or her feelings about psoriasis. Continue reading “Emotional Support”
Psoriasis in children is similar to that in adults, but there are some differences, particularly when it comes to treatments. Treatments used for adults may not be appropriate for children due to possible long term or delayed side effects. Decisions on what treatments to use will be based on the type and severity of the psoriasis, the areas of the skin affected and the patient’s age and past medical history. Continue reading “Treatment”
In most cases, people have their first outbreak between the ages of 15 and 35, but it can appear at any age. About one-third of those who get psoriasis are under 20 years old when the first signs of the disease appear. Younger children can be affected too, and the disease may be misdiagnosed because it is confused with other skin diseases. Continue reading “General Information”
You and your child’s guide to Psoriasis
No one ever said being a parent was easy, and being the parent of a child with a chronic disease doesn’t make the job any easier. However, there are a few things you can do to help you and your child cope with their condition.
Learning all you can about psoriasis and its treatment will empower you as well as help you make informed decisions about your child’s care and day-to-day disease management. But probably the most important thing to remember is that psoriasis shouldn’t define your child. Don’t let psoriasis get in the way of your child being a child.
While understanding their disease from a medical standpoint is very important, don’t underestimate the importance of your child learning to recognize his or her feelings about psoriasis.
Read through the Children’s Guide with your child
For most people who develop psoriasis, and children are no exception, it not only affects them physically but also emotionally. For some it can change how they view and interact with the world, the activities they choose to take part in, who they become friends with and the interests they develop.
Dealing with your emotions is a good first step. You may feel angry, helpless, guilty or frustrated. Sharing your feelings with others can help you deal with your situation. You may already have a great support network of friends and family, but sometimes only another parent in your situation can really understand, so consider finding a parent support group in your area. Having a child with a chronic disease can be stressful. Sharing the stress with your support network may help.The links under the Support Information section should be able to point you in the right direction.