Vitiligo does not discriminate, and affects all races of all ages. It is unfortunate when a child is diagnosed with Vitiligo as it can have a huge emotional impact on both the child and parents.
Vitiligo is not dangerous.
Vitiligo, even though it isn’t dangerous to your child’s physical health, it can still be a big deal. Any condition that makes kids look different from their peers can be emotionally tough. This is even more so during the teen years when everyone’s trying so hard to fit in with their peers.
Some kids are naturally more resilient and adapt easily to any challenges. However others need a bit more help. As a parent you can do a lot to instill confidence and self-esteem into your child.
Here are a few tips that may help you and your child during the treatment process:
-Don’t emphasize the Vitiligo or put pressure on your child to cover it up. He or she needs to know your love and acceptance are unconditional
-Remind your child of all the things he/she excels at despite their skin condition.
-Teach your child to be comfortable explaining what Vitiligo is to other kids. Kids will stop staring and asking questions once the mystery is taken away.
-Encourage your child to say “yes” to play dates, parties, trips, and any other experiences he or she might be tempted to pass on because of the Vitiligo.
-Urge your son or daughter to volunteer or get involved in something altruistic. Whether it’s a food bank, pet shelter, or a political cause, giving back makes kids feel powerful.
Causes of Vitiligo in children
Research has shown us that children that have Vitiligo at a young age are more likely to have a family history of the condition. Approximately 25% of children with Vitiligo have the genetic condition.
Other factors that can cause the onset of Vitiligo in children can be vaccinations, sunburn, stress or a possible thyroid condition.
Children however have the advantage of responding quickly to treatment, and are able to restore pigmentation a lot quicker than adults.
The main reason for this is that the autoimmune system is still developing and in many cases we do see that pigmentation can start taking place without any treatment when the child starts to reach puberty.
Obviously the quicker we can stop the spread of Vitiligo and restore the child’s natural pigmentation the better. Stress plays a huge part in the de-pigmentation process and so we need to control stress levels as soon as possible.
If you start seeing white spots or patches appearing on your child see a dermatologist before stating any treatment. Parents should have their child properly diagnosed by a dermatologist. As we are dealing with children, I would also seek a second opinion if you have any doubts about the treatment prescribed.
In children the Vitiligo spots normally first start showing on the upper forehead, neck, and behind the knees, and elbows. Sometimes the patches remain a constant size. In other cases it may take a year or so before accelerating and spreading to other parts of the body. Now, more than ever is the time to start treatment. Don’t assume they will just go away.
In this early stage, it is also paramount that you use sunscreen if taking your child into the sun. Any sunburn will accelerate the spread of the Vitiligo at this early age.
At Vitiligo Treatment we have Products that are available for the treatment of Vitiligo in children, and shall give you the appropriate advice if you would like to complete our Free Vitiligo Assessment Form.
Our products are 100% safe for both adults and children.
Lastly, don’t give up!! Vitiligo can be cured, all it takes is perseverance!
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