For BSc Pscyhology graduate Ines Cano Uribe, children who are afflicted with eczema or any other type of skin disease, are likely to feel self-conscious and isolated because they may feel that they are not like other normal kids. This is the main reason why Ines published this website—to provide some form of relief, support, and hope to children living with eczema as well as their caregivers—who are usually their parents or guardians.
Eczema can be painful at times, and itchy most of the time—two symptoms that the child has to deal with on a regular basis. But these symptoms are nothing compared to the mental and emotional turmoil the child feels, brought on by the thought that they are different from other kids; that people stare at them because of their condition, and that they don’t get to enjoy the outdoors as much as normal kids do. Where kids their age romp and play outside, they are usually confined inside the house where it is cooler to avoid aggravating the symptoms.
When a child has to deal with rejection because of their condition, or they have to always be mindful about what they wear (certain fabrics may trigger eczema symptoms), what they eat, or where they go, the child may feel even more isolated—or even ostracized. All of these things may have a more profound impact on them as they become adults.
The child’s quality of life is deeply affected, and with it comes effects that rebound on the parents, siblings, and guardians.
The psychological effects of living with a condition that may put a stigma on you are hard enough to handle when you are an adult; imagine a child having to deal with these effects on a daily basis.
In some cases, the parents or guardian of the child seek the help of a licensed counselor or therapist; first, to help their child cope with their condition, and second, to help them give the support that their child needs without being over-protective.
When everyone goes to counseling as a family, they may each begin to better understand their roles in the child’s life, and at the same time, empathize with the child and what they are going through. In some situations, the parents/guardians become over-protective to the point of suffocation, while in others, the child withdraws from the family as they feel that they are a burden, or that no one truly understands what they go through every day.
Ines Cano Uribe will be sharing more posts about childhood eczema so please make sure to check back again soon.