Although psoriasis is most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 25, it can appear at any time and affects children of all ages, including infants. Psoriatic arthritis as well can have a childhood onset.
In addition to the physical impact of these diseases, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can affect children socially and emotionally as well. If you're a parent of a child with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, learn all you can about the disease and how to manage the symptoms. Work together with your child to develop a treatment plan that he or she can follow. Then, once you're ready, get involved and help us find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Explore these pages, read our Parent's Guide, and find a dermatologist or rheumatologist who not only specialize in psoriatic diseases, but in pediatrics. Taking these steps will help you make informed decisions about your child's health care and assist you with day-to-day disease management. Also, build a support network for yourself and your family. A strong support system helps to alleviate some of the stress that comes with having a child with a chronic disease. Lastly, remember to let your child be a kid first and a kid with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis second. Your child is much more than his or her disease.
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