Parents are supposed to protect their child from danger and keep them disease free so they live a full and happy life. It can be hard to watch your child suffer with psoriasis. No one can quite understand the uncontrollable desire to itch and scratch off the flaky skin. Children lack the self-control adults have, so it can be twice as difficult to keep them from scratching away at their wounds.
Children most commonly have plaque psoriasis which affects the knees, elbows, and lower back. Psoriasis of the scalp is common as well and can be mistaken for a bad case of dandruff. Guttate psoriasis is common in children and teenagers. This type of psoriasis often shows up during or right after throat infection, especially strep throat. It may take a few weeks or months for this type of psoriasis to clear up, but once it’s gone it normally won’t show up again.
Psoriasis is mainly genetic but it can be triggered by some other factors. No one knows for sure what the main cause is and anyone is susceptible. Triggers can include injury to the skin, like a scratch or burn, and even puberty.
The best treatment for children is moisturizers. Lotion up the child and lotion them often; the less they itch they less they will scratch. Teach children about the dangers of picking at their wounds or trying to pull off the flaky skin. The more educated the child is about his or her disorder the more they will hold off outbreaks and heal quickly when they do. Give the child a bottle of lotion to carry with them for when they do start to itch or are tempted to pick at skin.
There are a number of prescription medications and ointments that are fit for children to use. The child’s doctor will be able to give out the proper medication and the proper dosage.
There are also a number of home remedies that are fit for children. Add some oil, olive, vegetable, or mineral, to their evening bath. Pat them dry afterwards and lotion the entire body to lock in the moisture.