Every child is different
Transitioning care of your child’s psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis can be dependent upon multiple factors.
- How independent is your child?
A child’s age does not always mean they are ready to handle the tasks necessary for managing their psoriatic disease. As a guide, ask yourself, “How responsible is my child with other key tasks?”
- What psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis treatment does your child use?
Is it a cream, lotion, or shampoo? Or perhaps a pill or injection? The type of treatment will be a factor as to when your child begins to take care of managing their disease.
Help prepare your child for the transition
A child needs to be ready to take on responsibility and understand what is expected of them as you transition responsibilities. As a parent, you might need to coach your child to help them learn how, when, and why they use treatment for their psoriatic disease. Start early by talking about what treatment will do and why you may be applying a cream or lotion or why they receive phototherapy or an injection. Click the relevant box below for an example of what you can say to your child.