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Understanding Childhood Eczema

Understanding Childhood Eczema

Penny Titman

ISBN: 978-0-470-86420-3 August 2003 120 Pages




As many parents know, eczema amongst children can be a difficult, painful and frustrating condition to cope with for the parent and the child.

It frequently causes irritable behaviour in the child and sleep disruption. This can result in parenting difficulties, and may even place the child at increased risk of behavioural and emotional problems.

In addition to covering the medical aspects of the condition, Understanding Childhood Eczema focuses on the psychological consequences and how they can be managed, as well as psychological factors in treatment.

Revealing the advantages and drawbacks of conventional therapies, this easy-to-follow guide explains all aspects of childhood eczema in an accessible manner to help you and your child cope with this distressing condition.

Penny Titman is an experienced clinical child psychologist who has extensive experience in working with children and families with chronic health problems. She has completed a PhD on the psychological impact of skin conditions on children and their families which included a study of childhood eczema on the family.

About the author vii

Acknowledgements ix

1 What is eczema? 1

2 What is the best treatment for eczema? 9

3 The impact of eczema on your child and on the family 29

4 Understanding and managing scratching 43

5 Understanding and managing sleep problems 59

6 Understanding and managing diet for your child with eczema 71

7 Managing teasing and improving your child’s self-esteem 79

8 Growing up with eczema 91

Useful addresses and contacts 99

Recommended further reading 103

Index 105

"?A good book to but?" (, 27 March 2003)

"?helping to identify the issues involved with eczema sensitively and accurately?a book that will undoubtedly become a first point of call for any parent caring for a child who has eczema?" (Junior, June 2003)

"?very helpful for parents with an atopic child?" (Intl. Jnl. Of Adolescent Health, Vol.15, No.2, 2003)

"?5 stars?invaluable for any family that has a child with eczema?" (, 4 Juluy 2003)

"?a very helpful and useful book?very good value for money and highly readable?" (Quarterly Jnl of the National Eczema Society, June 2003)

"?a clear easy-to-read style?can only be a benefit to any house where eczema is an issue?" (Marshwood Vale Magazine, July 2003)

"An invaluable resource for any family with a child who has eczema." (Here?s Health, September 2003)