Eczema can be hard to explain to those unfamiliar with it. It can be even tougher for a child to explain their eczema to other children. So, before your child goes back to school, it is important to talk to them about what eczema is in an easy to understand way.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes inflammation. It makes skin red, sore, and itchy. Additionally, eczema is not contagious. According to kidshealth.org, at least one in ten children develops eczema at some point in their lives. The good news is that many children are no longer affected by eczema by the time they are teenagers. In addition, the severity of eczema symptoms can be lessened by certain precautions and regular use of strong moisturizers. Steroid or anti-histamine containing creams are recommended only for short term use, due to their undesirable side effects.
Educating children about eczema enables them to be better equipped to cope with their skin condition. The more your child knows about their eczema, the more confident they will be when explaining their condition to others and more importantly, better manage it while at school away from home.