A key theme of the afternoon sessions on day one of the inaugral JFHC Live focused on the importance of dermatology in children's overall care.

Independent skin consultant Julie Van Onselen urged for acne to be identified as a serious problem in children and for healthcare professionals to help end some of the myths involved with the condition.

She added: "There is no reason in the modern NHS for teenagers with acne to end up scared for life. There are so many myths about acne but it is a curable conditions within three months as long as it dealt with soon enough. However, often the psychological impact of exclusive is just as bad as the physical impact for many children."

Her drive to break myths associated with skin conditions in children was backed by London Hospital dermatology specialist Jean Robinson who urged dermatologists to always treat the whole family for any skin problems or risk the condition returning.

Finally Margaret Cox, chief executive of the National Eczema Society, spoke to delegates about her own experiences of dealing with eczema both personally and through her nephew.

Explaining how her family "never received any advice on using [eczema] creams" leading to several problems for her nephew and the creation of the National Eczema Society's four-point plan for dealing with the condition:
1) eczema is something to manage not cure. If you dont' appreciate you're in for the long haul you tend to give up.
2) make sure people are better informed. That's what we the eczema society tries to do.
3) Planning and organisation is very important. Keep a diary of all events, triggers and reactions
4) Make sure you have a good support structure. Family, friends, healthcare professionals and National Eczema Society.

She concluded by urging healthcare professionals to give "a constant message that eczema may make life difficult but it is a curable condition".

For more information and advice on dealing with skin conditions in teenagers visit www.psoteen.org.uk 

You can attend Day 2 of JFHC Live for free if you're a registered healthcare professional or student - visit www.jfhc.co.uk/registration to find out how.

Click here to read our highlights of the morning sessions

Posted 29/03/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com