Eczema impacts families, too

April 13, 2011

Childhood eczema can have a detrimental effect not only on children who suffer from the disorder, but also for their families, Medical New Today reports.

Staines, England - Childhood eczema can have a detrimental effect not only on children who suffer from the disorder, but also for their families, Medical New Today reports.

A survey carried out in eight European countries found that eczema can have a negative effect on all aspects of life, from participation in education to self-esteem, especially for children with the moderate-to-severe form.

Findings include:
• More than a quarter (27 percent) of children miss up to five days of school a year due to the disease.
• Nearly one-fifth (18 percent) miss out on sports and play.
• More than a quarter (26 percent) of parents have to miss time at work due to their child’s illness.

Investigators report that 50 percent of parents believe that the condition has a negative effect on their child’s self-esteem. Almost one-third of parents report that their children experience frustration (32 percent) and a feeling that they are different from other children (30 percent).

Parents also believe that their children feel “self-conscious” and “sad” some of the time because of their condition. Researchers also found that significant pain and discomfort, sleeping problems and mood swings are all problems experienced by one in four children with moderate-to-severe eczema.