When Your Child Has Psoriasis

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Kids and psoriasis

Psoriasis is a medical condition in which the kid’s immune system gives signals causing excessive growth in skin cells. Psoriasis affects the skin, scalp, and nails. Patients with this disorder usually have thick, red scales, or lesions on their face, buttocks, and scalp.

Psoriasis comes in many types and guttate, also known as raindrop, is the one kids commonly experience during their childhood. Guttate gives the children small, red, scaly dots in large areas of their body skin. Throat infection in its early stage is often the trigger of this psoriasis. Genetic factors may also play some roles as well.

How serious is psoriasis?

Psoriasis needs treating as soon as possible since it brings about physical discomforts like rashness and mental burdens like anxiety or worry.

The worst part is that gradually, psoriasis negatively influences the kid’s heart. Research shows that psoriasis raises one’s chance to develop heart problems related to blood pressure, blood fats, and insulin levels. Once all of these issues happen together, the kids would have trouble with the so-called metabolic syndrome. In addition, kids with psoriasis are more likely to have obesity.

According to Joan E. Tamburro, DO at the Cleveland Clinic, psoriasis is a condition that affects the whole body’s wellness.

How to treat psoriasis in children

At the moment there is no available cure for psoriasis. All doctors can do is helping the kids with their symptoms, making they feel better. The medicine used and dose is different from one to another.

There are not many therapies approved for treating psoriasis for children. The first treatment is topicals like ointments or creams. Experts say that this type of treatment has fewer side effects.  Tamburro says. Another type of treatment is phototherapy and medication. Before any treatment plan, parents should discuss with doctors to know if there are possible long-term effects on the kids’ health.

What parent should do during their kid’s treatment plan?

  • Find a dermatologist who has much experience in treating children psoriasis.
  • Let your child understand the importance of sticking to the treatment plan. Also, tell them to be patient since every treatment takes time to have effects.
  • Choose the therapy that best suits your kid’s age.
  • Advise your kid to properly cover the affected areas. However, you need to choose your words carefully so as not to let him down, thinking his condition is something disgusting that needs constant covering.
  • How to support your child during treatment?
  • Do not focus too much on the disease.
  • Encourage the kid to name his mood once the symptoms hit. It can help you understand how the disorder influences their feelings.
  • Let the kid have power over his disease. Accordingly, if he prefers cream to ointment, let him go for it.
  • Equip your child with proper knowledge about the disease from its early age. Tell him to let his friends know if needed. With better understanding, your child can be safe from bullying, stigmatization or social withdrawal.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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