The emotional impact and stress eczema can bring to a family with a child who suffers with eczema can make getting by with a young family that much harder. It is becoming well know that families with children with eczema go through a lot of stress and can experience a lesser quality of life. In some studies the stress on parents, particularly mothers, was found to affect them more than families where children had other severe medical conditions such as deafness and diabetes. Self care is very important.
It has been a big deal having a child with eczema start school. For one it has made me accept that my child is unlikely to grow out of his eczema and it will most probably will be a long term condition requiring management throughout his life. The other reality of starting school means that I’m not there all the time to lessen the affects and impact of his eczema on his activities and relationships. Which led me to realise that he needs to become aware of how he can help to manage his eczema by himself.
When we talk about our children’s eczema we hear a lot about the possibility of their eczema being triggered by dairy products. About 2%, which is about one in 50 of Australian and New Zealand infants are allergic to cow’s milk and other dairy products. Eczema can be a symptom of a dairy allergy.
Trying to avoid my little boy’s eczema from flaring up has become a part of my everyday life. It is considered in everything I do, nearly every purchase I make for him, choosing which activities we do and even the language I use with him about being itchy. There are some things which I almost do without thinking now to try to avoid his eczema flare ups.