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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
At Boston Children's Hospital, we are uniquely qualified to determine the best course of care for children with skin problems. We're known for our science-driven approach – we're home to the most extensive research enterprise located in a pediatric hospital in the world, and we've partnered with a number of top biotech and health care organizations – but our physicians never forget that your child is a child, and not just another patient.
Although there is no cure for atopic dermatitis, treatment can decrease your child's skin dryness and irritation, making her more comfortable. In severe cases, your child's physician may prescribe your child medications to help alleviate her atopic dermatitis symptoms. Common medications include:
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What is the treatment plan if a food allergy is triggering the atopic dermatitis?
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How can I help prevent my child from getting skin infections from scratching?
How can I help my child stop scratching?
Because atopic dermatitis is usually a visible condition (affecting a child's skin), your child may feel the effects of her condition socially and psychologically, as well as physically. In addition to the anxiety of fighting the urge to itch, children with facial atopic dermatitis may develop school avoidance if they are teased, and they may not want to go to school.
Boston Children's Hospital's Atopic Dermatitis program has a psychologist, Jennifer LeBovidge, PhD, who spends a lot of time with families and developing strategies to help decrease the scratching, help with the sleep schedule and cope with any teasing that may occur at school.
In cases that a patient develops a more severe mental illness, they'll be referred to the medical Behavioral Medicine Clinic, a multi-disciplinary team of pediatric psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals providing effective, compassionate evaluation, education, counseling and therapy to help you and your child cope with atopic dermatitis.
There's a lot of support available here at Children's for you and your family, and here are some of the ways we can help:
Patient education: Our nurses will be on hand to walk you through your child's treatment and help answer any questions you may have. They will also reach out to you by phone, continuing the care and support you received while at Children's.
Parent to parent: Want to talk with someone whose child has been treated for atopic dermatitis? We can often put you in touch with other families who have been through similar experiences and can share with you their experience at Children's.
Faith-based support: If you are in need of spiritual support, we will help connect you with the Children's chaplaincy. Our program includes nearly a dozen clergy representing Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and United Church of Christ traditions who will listen to you, pray with you and help you observe your own faith practices during your hospital experience.
Social work: Our clinical social workers have helped many other families in your situation. Your social worker can offer counseling and assistance with issues such as coping with your child's diagnosis, stresses relating to coping with illness and dealing with financial difficulties.
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