When a child has atopic dermatitis, not only do his parents have to learn to treat him, but it is also necessary for the child himself to know what to do so that the disease does not worsen. To do this, at the HM Torrelodones University Hospital a workshop has been held to teach children from 3 to 8 years old how to care for atopic skin and how to cope with this diseaseIn your daily life. The dra Mar Martín Dorado, head of the Dermatology service of said hospital, explains that “the objective of workshops like this is to teach, through play, to identify and solve the discomforts that atopic dermatitis can cause in their day-to-day life, and that in Sometimes they have a simpler solution than it seems. ” In these encounters, both children and parents learn practical and fun techniques and tricks to avoid constant scratching. Also to apply emollient creams, perform effective and non-aggressive hygiene, as well as identify what clothes they can wear to avoid discomfort.
For example, “for hygiene it is recommended to use a ‘soap-free soap’, what we call a” syndet “,” says dra. Martín Dorado. “These are products that cleanse while respecting the protective film that the skin naturally has. This is of great importance in altered skin such as that of atopic children. They should not use a sponge, but clean by applying the soap on the hand. The showers should not be very long and with not very hot water ». Also, they are taught not to scratch, as this erodes the skin favoring wounds and superinfections.. They are given tricks, such as using a cold stone to calm the itching, or wooden rollers. “Later, the children put the cream on their bodies and are taught to distribute it evenly and massage it so that it is absorbed,” the expert concludes.
Information for parents
At the moment, the HM Montepríncipe University Hospital has held two sessions of its Atopia School, a free workshop for parents of children with atopic dermatitis. The dra Raquel Novo, head of the Dermatology service at HM Universitario Montepríncipe and professor of Dermatology at the Ceu San Pablo University, explains that “atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease in which it is unable to adequately protect itself, which is why it cannot carry out its functions correctly. The symptoms are mainly eczema and itching (severe itching).