A program to help parents reduce the severity of their children’s eczema will be tested by the University of Queensland.
Dr Amy Mitchell of the UQ Parental and Family Support Center said managing a child’s eczema can be extremely difficult for parents.
The Positive Parenting for Healthy Living program helps parents deal with issues that can often occur alongside eczema, such as difficulties with children’s emotions and behaviors, sleep disturbances, scratching and family stress. “said Dr Mitchell.
“The first trial of the program had extremely positive effects such as improving children’s symptoms and behavior and increasing parental confidence in managing the disease.
“This trial will go even further to determine if the program can also improve the severity of eczema and how well it is treated.”
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, affects one in five Australian children and can be a source of permanent misery for affected children and their families.
Treatment of children with severe eczema can take up to three hours a day, and people with it may require hospitalization to treat skin infections and stabilize their condition.
“We hope that by combining this brief parental support program with routine clinical care, we can improve outcomes for children with eczema and their families,” said Dr. Mitchell.
The research team is looking for parents of children between the ages of 2 and 10 who have eczema and are currently prescribed corticosteroid creams or ointments (steroids).
Participants will be required to attend two interactive Triple P online focus group sessions with parents, and complete three online surveys and three eczema severity assessments over a seven-month period.
There are no fees associated with participation.
The study is a partnership between the Parenting and Family Support Center at UQ and the Dermatology Department at Queensland Children’s Hospital.
It is funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
More information is available on the project site or contact Dr Amy Mitchell on 07 3346 1202 or [email protected]