2. Refuse feelings of guilt
Eczema is often genetic in origin, and it can run in the family. But this isn’t your fault! Anyone can be affected, at any age. Take some time to explain atopic dermatitis in detail to your teenager. Show her how great she is, give her confidence in herself and don’t become submerged yourself by feelings of guilt.
"It’s essential to educate your child: he needs to understand what he has and that it’s not serious. He needs to feel comfortable. When he was younger, Ethan used to say to me, “I want to be like everyone else.” But we’re all different. We just have to accept that. We have to be proud of who we are, of our difference. It’s not something that we should hide, but something that we learn how to live with and manage. It makes us mature faster!"
Karine, 16-year-old Ethan’s mom
3. Be together
Eczema should not isolate your teenager. Don’t hesitate to create moments that your family can all spend together, with your other children, so that they feel loved and supported. Shared activities let everyone relax together and distract everyone’s attention, too, so that you’re focused on something other than eczema.
4. Get your child to take responsibility
Adolescence is a key moment of transition, and teenagers should manage their treatment by themselves. After a certain age, you should no longer be doing this or spreading their cream for them. They need to learn what their skin needs and also understand how important it is to their comfort to apply an emollient cream. Pass on all the right reflexes for their skin, whether it’s which types of fabric to avoid, showering after sports or avoiding junk food.