Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema
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Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema

Emma Williams Nurse lecturer and eczema nurse specialist, School of Health and Social Care, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales
Samantha Lakkiss Neonatal nurse, neonatal intensive care unit, Singleton Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, Wales

Why you should read this article:
  • To improve your knowledge of atopic eczema and its prescribed treatment regimens

  • To enhance your awareness of the challenges encountered in the self-management of atopic eczema

  • To read about strategies nurses can use to support families to self-manage atopic eczema successfully

Atopic eczema is common in childhood and can continue into adulthood. Adherence to treatment is a significant factor in its effective management, but the complexity of treatment regimens can make adherence challenging. Additionally, living with the condition can have adverse psychosocial consequences for young people in particular. This article discusses treatment regimens for moderate-to-severe atopic eczema and some of the challenges encountered by children, young people and families in self-managing the condition. The authors discuss strategies that can support families to achieve optimal self-management, namely online support tools, written action plans and nurse-led eczema clinics.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2024.e1478

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

emma.williams@swansea.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Williams E, Lakkiss S (2024) Supporting children, young people and families to self-manage atopic eczema. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2024.e1478

Published online: 22 January 2024

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