La Roche-Posay and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have collaborated to bring new hope to kids living with atopic dermatitis
When it comes to dealing with a child’s health issue, education is the first step in management. This belief is what prompted The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to partner with La Roche-Posay Canada to create the Atopic Dermatitis Education Program.
Eczema is a common disease affecting many children around the world. “It can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the child, so educating families on how to manage this condition is crucial,” says Dr. Miriam Weinstein, Staff Dermatologist at SickKids who also leads the Atopic Dermatitis Education Program.
The program focuses on teaching parents the basics of helping a child suffering from eczema, including how to bathe them and how to apply topical moisturizers and medicated treatments. Families will still be seen and treated by their physician, but have the additional support and education from trained nurses who will advise them on their child’s condition and how best to deal with it.
The program is still in its early stage, but once fully executed and researched, the next step will be to implement a “train-the-trainer” program. This initiative would transfer the knowledge and skills gained by SickKids dermatology nurses to other practitioners across the province, with special consideration given to remote and northern communities where health care access is often limited.
“While medications are very helpful in managing eczema and its complications, education is the foundation on which successful management is based. Education empowers patients and families with the knowledge necessary to cope with eczema,” says Dr. Weinstein.
Dominique Soussan, vice president and general manager of La Roche-Posay in Canada, adds, “Investing in educating families is at the heart of our mission.”