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Eczema can really take a toll on our little ones. They have varying degrees of unsightly red patches on their skin and they sleep poorly since they’re up half the night itching. The itching can consume and distract them from otherwise fun activities like play time, eating, spending time with family and their diets are often limited due to food allergies. As parents we tote them around from doctor to doctor trying to determine the best treatment plan. We test different creams on our children to find the best one, many which end up stinging their delicate skin. On top of all this, many children with eczema must deal with bullying, which frightens the heck out of me.
That’s a lot for our kids to deal with and it can be really hard for them to understand why they have to go through all of it. Books explaining what eczema is in child friendly terms and stories of other children with eczema can really help your child feel less alone. They can relate and better understand their condition most often when they can relate to books and stories.
I have found some children’s books about eczema that I’d like to share with you. My son, Tristan, found most of the eczema stories pretty interesting and I’m sure your child will too. The children’s eczema books definitely helped him understand that he’s not the only child with eczema and itchy skin in the world, which definitely lifted his spirits on more than one occasion.
Under My Skin – (Free) Download the entire book or individual chapters about the physical side of eczema, triggers, the emotional side, or the healing side.
Penny’s Eggs-im-ah – (Free) Go to the StoryTeller tab at the bottom of the page to download this book in pdf format. This one is also great and prompts kids to really take control of their treatment plan.
I Have Eczema – A relateable story for children with eczema.
Itchy Pig – A little pig ignores his mother’s warnings about his allergies and suffers the itchy consequences in this fun tale.
Camille’s Itchy Twitchy Eczema – Get inspired as one little girl teachers her class about her misunderstood skin condition.
Emmy’s Eczema – For dino lovers! See how this adorable dinosaur gets help from friends to soothe her itchy skin.
Itchy Kids Club – silly poems about having itchy skin.
Princess Emily and the Terrible Itch – A young prince goes on a quest to help cure his princess sister’s itchy skin.
I Have Eczema, So What? – Maya learns to be happy in life despite her itchy skin and eczema.
Archangel Uriel Heals Eczema – A child turns to Archangel Uriel to guide her in overcoming the feelings of hate she has for her eczema.
So What’s Eczema – This book uses poetry and art to each kids about eczema.
Malcolm Finney Medical Detective – The Case of… Itch and Rash– A kid friendly explanation of eczema tucked into a medical adventure. Best for ages 6-12.
Can I Tell You About Eczema – For kids 6 and up. Read one child’s perspective about her eczema – what it feels like, how to heal it and more.
My Itchy Body – For kids 7 and up. A learning guide to teach kids about itchy skin – the facts, myths, cures, causes and all.
The Itchy-saurus – The dino with an itch that can’t be scratched. He can’t eat, he can’t sleep and it’s driving him wild!
I hope your children enjoy the stories! If you know of any others, please let me know and I will gladly add them to this list.