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 while you have red, patchy, flaky skin and it’s embarrassing. Now imagine this through the eyes of a child, noticing these differences can not only be embarrassing, but scary too.
Children have a much harder time dealing with the reality of a disorder and what can be a life changing disease like psoriasis.
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 that these flare-ups will happen from time to time.
Children can be fearful of flare-ups and experience anxiety by just the thought of 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 them love and support.
Children are affected much more by their body image and how they are viewed by other children than adults.
They rely on being accepted and fitting in and fear the thought of being rejected.
There are some important things to make sure a child understands in order to help them deal with their disorder. First, let them know it is not contagious. Second, let them know that they are not alone and that there are many other kids who suffer the same. It may help to get them involved in a children’s support group, if you can find one in your 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.