1 - Help your child to understand his/her illness
It is important not to dramatize the situation, especially when it regards atopic children. They are generally aware of the fact that they have eczema, but are unable to explain it. That is why they can have a lot of questions. Where does the disease come from, is it contagious and will they be cured one day? It is also difficult for them to assess the medium-term benefits of a good treatment and of monitoring their condition. Discuss it with them using LIPI & KARA teaching tools to assess their knowledge.
2- Encourage them to apply the treatment themselves
They can do so from the age of 3 or 4! Our tendency to overprotect children is natural. However, even very young children are able to take responsibility, thereby changing their habits and perception of the disease. By adopting the emollient routine, first in a playful way, children will soon be able to do it alone at home, at their grandparents' house, or during holidays. There are new replenishing gestures like sticks, creams and oils. Their breakouts will become less severe and less frequent, allowing them to be more carefree once again. The routine will eventually become instinctive and parents will not have to insist.
From 7 years old children can also assess their own eczema and monitor the development of their condition from one week to the next. Using this tool: http://www.poscorad.com, developed by the European Task Force on Atopic Dermatitis, the patient can measure the severity of the lesions, symptoms, itching and sleeps disorders.