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Understanding the effects of eczema

Emotional and practical support is crucial for the families of children with eczema. This was the main feedback from a workshop organised by the charity Eczema Outreach Scotland for first-year nursing students at the University of Edinburgh

Emotional and practical support is crucial for the families of children with eczema. This was the main feedback from a workshop organised by the charity Eczema Outreach Scotland for first-year nursing students at the University of Edinburgh.

It is estimated that 1.7 million children in the UK have eczema. Atopic eczema affects between 10% and 20% of children, and the number of asthma diagnoses is on the rise, making it increasingly likely that nurses will come into contact with children who have eczema.

Magali Redding, whose nine-year-old daughter has eczema, started Eczema Outreach Scotland in 2011, having struggled to get help dealing with what she describes as an ‘isolating condition’.

Range of services

Today, the charity runs a range of services, from one-to-one practical advice and support sessions to learn-and-share outings, for the families of children with eczema.

Nursing students from the university volunteered to

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