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There is nothing worse than waking up one day and realizing your skin is different from other people. The kind of difference that has nothing to do with color but the kind that has to do with texture. Other people have smooth, soft skin; you have red, patchy, flaky skin and it's embarrassing. Now imagine this through the eyes of a child, noticing these different can not only be embarrassing, but scary.
Children have a much harder time dealing with the reality of a disorder and what can be a life changing disease. They rely on their parents to help them get better and free them from the pain and suffering. They need, first and foremost, reassurance that they are going to be okay and these flare-ups will happen from time to time.
Children can be fearful of flare-ups and experience anxiety of thought of the skin patches showing up again. Children can act out emotionally. One child may be fearful while another child is angry and still another child may be sad. No one can predict how a child will react with their diagnosis, so it is important to offer love and support to children.
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 fitting it and fear sticking out and being rejected. Psoriasis can cause the skin to look patchy, dry, and red with lesions that may weep.
There are some important things to make sure the child understands in order to help them deal with their disorder. First, let them know it is not contagious. Second, 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 a children's support group, if you can find one in the area.
Answering questions and educating your child will help keep their fears at bay. Once, they learn about the disorder they can 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.
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