Kids with Eczema and School: How Parents Can Help

(Summary:

Make school a comfortable place for your kids having eczema with the following tips.)

Kids are likely to be excited for their new school season. But what if your kids have eczema? Well, your kid is not alone as there are over 1 million school age kids living with eczema in the USA.

Relentless itch and trouble in sleep make it difficult for the kids to focus on the study. Top of that, they may get into contact with irritants like cleaning supplies and cafeteria food. It can aggravate their flare ups or cause allergic reactions.

Even worse, they may be bullied for their “strange” looking skin which affects their self-esteem.

Here is a personal experience of being a mother to son with eczema.

 “When I started weaning William, the eczema appeared. It started on his cheeks where it was worse and eventually spread to his whole body. He was sore and itchy, it was pretty unbearable for him and horrendous to watch, we felt so desperate. He was put on antibiotics twice as the eczema on his face was infected. We were back and forth to the doctors and had a bag full of steroid creams which we tried with no success……He was put on his third course of antibiotics and treated for three days with steroids, creams and wraps. His skin looked completely clear by the time we left but within a week I could see it coming back.”

Calm down! You can help your kids to deal with these challenges. All you need to consider these tips given below.

Educate Your Kid:

First of all, educate your kids on how to manage their eczema symptoms. Explain the basics of eczema in terms they’ll understand so that they convey this information to adults or other kids. Tell them that it is natural for people to get curious and ask questions, and why to inform other about eczema.

Tell them how clean and moisturize the skin, especially when they are away from home. Educate them how to identify and prevent eczema triggers.

If they are being bullied, encourage them to share these experiences and feelings with you so that you can help them. However, most kids are not expressive. Therefore, it is better to approach a counselor or therapist for assistance.

Use a 504 Plan:

A 504 Plan is created by the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to support the child with special needs in a school to ensure their academic success. And this plan can help your kids with eczema. Talk to the teachers, school administrators how they can accommodate a kid with eczema. For example, if severe hand eczema affects your kid’s ability to hold a pencil, you can use a 504 plan to prompt school to provide him a laptop instead.

Talk to School Authorities:

It can be done in the following ways:

  • Provide the list of eczema triggers to teachers, staff and drivers.
  • Tell them to help you child avoid exposure to these triggers.
  • Let the teachers know in advance if your child has sleep issues due to eczema which may lead to absences or drowsiness in class.
  • Share your concerns about bullying. See if the teachers can hold eczema discussions to spread awareness among the students. If bullying still persists, you can hold all parties involved responsible.

Provide Them an Eczema Relief Kit:

Pack a kit that includes gloves, moisturizing lotion or cream, cleanser, alcohol-free hand sanitizer and sunscreen and an extra set of clothes.

Spread Awareness:

Encourage the teachers and school authorities to observe an Eczema Awareness Day to raise awareness about the disease. Tell your kids to share their personal concerns with the classmates.

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