Children have a much harder time dealing with psoriasis.
The worst moments in a parents life is watching their child suffer. So when your child is afflicted with psoriasis, youd go to the ends of the earth to find relief and respite for your baby.
Yes, children also have psoriasis and it devastates them. Sure, we, as adults suffer from different types of psoriasis and we dont like ourselves, we hate the itching, we loath our skin, we make all kinds of adjustments.
But children Whatever we go through, it is magnified a hundred times in them.
Parents turn every stone in despair to find some relief while at the same time they guide their child through this difficult condition.
Parents have to face their child who is in agony over plaque psoriasis affecting their knees, elbows, and lower back. Or scalp psoriasis, or hands, etc.
You, the parent, must teach your child about the dangers of picking at their wounds or trying to pull off the flaky skin. The more educated the child is about his or her disorder the better they will be at holding off outbreaks and heal quicker. Talk about moisturizers. Tell them to use a lot of lotion; to use it often because it reduces the itch and consequently the scratching.
Have a special time with them at home, when you add some oil, olive, vegetable, or mineral, to their evening bath. Pat them dry afterward and lotion the entire body to lock in the moisture.
When they see themselves in the mirror and you see their disappointment, or come home hysterical because someone mocked them, you too die a little death inside. They need, first and foremost, reassurance that they are going to be okay and these flare-ups will happen from time to time.
Dont marginalize them. They rely on you to help them get better and free them from pain and suffering. This includes mental and physical pain and suffering.
Children are affected much more by their body image and how they are viewed by other children than adults are. They rely on being accepted and fear rejection. Wouldnt you want to alleviate their worries?
Answering questions and educating your child will help keep their fears at bay. Together you can learn about the disorder and figure out their triggers and prevent future outbreaks. Empowering a child to take charge of their disorder will help them out in the long run.
Remember a moment in a childs life can have lifetime of effects. No one can predict how your child will react with their diagnosis, so offer love and support to your children. Let them know they are not alone and there are many other kids who suffer the same thing. It may help to get them involved in childrens support group, if you can find one in the area or online.