Father holds crying baby with Psoriasis

Factors of Psoriasis: Dealing With Psoriasis in Children

Learning that your child has psoriasis is very difficult news for parents, as there is no cure for psoriasis, though doctors can offer help to children living with it to make the process easier. Psoriasis is, oftentimes, a lifelong autoimmune disorder that targets its victims nails, skin and scalp. Psoriasis in children is very much like psoriasis in adults though often this can go undetected in children, passing as other childhood rashes.

When an adult or child has psoriasis, they will develop scaly, red, patches of skin in multiple areas on their body. Over time these patches will most likely worsen and flare, before going into remission. There are several types of psoriasis that can affect children. Often the first patches to appear can be found on the scalp.

Patches can also form in many small raindrop shapes that form in big groups. Upper respiratory infections are common triggers for psoriasis to begin. Many times these psoriasis patches can occur in folds of the skin, like the joints, as large red patches. Other times they can commonly be found on children around the buttocks, face, and scalp.

Children experience many of the same symptoms of psoriasis just as adults do. People mainly get psoriasis due to abnormal functioning of their immune systems. Adults with psoriasis have the possibility of passing their psoriasis on to their children causing baby psoriasis. Potential triggers for psoriasis can be stress, injuries, a reaction to medication, and an infection in the upper respiratory tract or throat.

Psoriasis can be very itchy and painful, treating psoriasis can greatly improve these symptoms and your ability to cope with the condition. Getting outside, meditating, relaxing and doing other activities to lessen stress on the person with psoriasis can help reduce itch and lessen psoriasis flare. Keeping the child’s affected areas on the skin moisturized can control the itch and lessen the redness of psoriasis. Another method to lessening the skin irritation is to take cold showers and use ice packs as hot water can make psoriasis and dryness worse, that is why you could also store the moisturizer in the fridge to keep it cool which will help the skin. Lastly, you can get over-the-counter treatments that have been shown to treat itching.

Although psoriasis has the ability to be passed down through genetics, it cannot be transferred to other people around you, as it is not infectious. It is very important for a child to be seen by their doctor if unexplained rashes develop and persist. Although there is no known cure for this, treatments can reduce the severity of the flare and help the patient’s emotional stress. Other options for treatment include the following; photo-therapy,  topical-therapy, and/or prescribed oral medications.