Nearly 10 million children under the age of 18 have atopic dermatitis in the U.S., according to the National Eczema Association. That’s a lot of flare-ups, itching, and discomfort. What tends to get lost with children and eczema, though, is the frustration the skin condition causes. Let’s look at the impact of eczema on children, adolescents, and their families:
Children with the condition often feel isolated from their peers due to disease-related lifestyle restrictions.
One in five children with AD encounter bullying because of the disease.
Nearly 30 percent of children experience disrupted sleep at least five or more nights a week due to the symptoms, which affect mood and well-being.
Parents and relatives of children with eczema also experience disrupted sleep, which leads to exhaustion, daytime sleepiness, and affected performance at work/school.
Parents report feeling embarrassed about their child’s flare-ups, as well as frustration, helplessness, sadness, and guilt due to their child’s condition.
Childhood eczema significantly impacts the mental health of parents and families.
While there may not be a cure yet for eczema, there are plenty of actions you can take to boost your child’s confidence and relieve their symptoms. Let’s start with six ways to keep their self-esteem from getting too low:
Be mindful - It’s no secret that a child with eczema is going to experience shifts in mood throughout the day. That said, be aware and understanding of how they’re feeling. As difficult as it may be at times, never lose your patience.
Educate their teachers - Teachers and fellow students don’t know as much about the condition as you do. Make sure that they understand your child’s rash isn’t contagious. Explain to them how common eczema is. Your child certainly does not need special attention, however, knowledge is power in the classroom.
Stay positive - There are times when your child may feel as though their eczema is the only thing people will notice. Taking it a step further, he or she may believe something is wrong with them because of the skin condition. Make it a point to remind your child of the positive skills and talents that make them unique. Children respond well to accurate and well-deserved praise, especially at a young age.
Educate them - Children want to feel more in control the older they get. Learning about eczema and how to keep it in check actually empowers them. Get your hands on pamphlets, educational blogs, and other resources about the condition. Let them consult their dermatologist with questions they may have. Don’t forget to mention that eczema can go away in later years.
Encourage exercise - We all feel good physically and mentally when we regularly exercise. The same goes for children with eczema. Encourage them to participate in team sports, yoga, dance, etc. The endorphins with exercise combined with socializing with others can give your child’s confidence a much-needed jump-start.
How Soothems Can Help Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Whether it’s infant eczema, child eczema, or adult eczema, the reality is that the condition is frustrating. Eczema symptoms are not only uncomfortable physically but also psychologically. That’s where the eczema therapy team at Soothems comes into play. When the company was founded, we wanted to improve the quality of life for children dealing with a sensitive skin condition. Our eczema skin care experts accomplished that goal through the use of innovative product designs and proprietary smart textiles.
We are proud to say that our first generation of products is designed for children in mind. The professionals at Soothems are committed to delivering products with unmatched integrity, top-notch quality, and incredible value from our smart fabric known as TEWLTect. The Soothems smart fabric works to protect and soothe itchy skin so your child (and the rest of your family) can enjoy a better night sleep.
Not only that, but we also believe in a therapeutic, natural treatment for eczema that involves the power of our imaginative story. It entertains, empathizes, and normalizes life with eczema and other skin conditions. Simply have your child put on their Soothems garment and then read them one of our special story books. The combination of the garment with magic disappearing print and our story books will delight and comfort your child to a more restful night’s sleep.
If you have more questions about Soothems products, feel free to contact us.
+ Soothems work best when worn tight fitting, but not restrictive. +Soothems are designed with a generous amount of stretch so they can fit close to the skin.
+We recommend that if there is any doubt about size selection, the next larger size should be chosen provided it will still fit snugly.
+Soothems are a personal healthcare medical device and therefore are not eligible for returns or exchanges once the poly bag seal has been broken
+ or the poly bag has been opened and / or the product has been removed from the poly bag.
If you have any questions regarding the fit of an item, please contact Soothems at email@example.com or call +612.601.0700, we are happy to help.
Relief Skull Cap
+ Using a soft tape, measure around the head just above the ears, across the forehead to determine circumference
+ TEWLTect smart fabric has a generous amount of stretch.
Arm & Leg Sleeves
+ Using a soft tape, measure around the bicep for arm sleeve or mid-thigh to determine circumference + TEWLTect smart fabric has a generous amount of stretch + We recommend a snug fit so choose the smallest size closest to the child's bicep or mid-thigh circumference measurement
+ Sleeve shape tapers from widest circumference width to fit forearm or calf