According to NSW Health, there are parents of school aged children constantly contacting them for advice on how to stem the damage that bullies inflict on their child who can appear different because of their eczema and the way it looks. NSW Health are quoted as saying, “It is a common and very sad reality that a lot of children and parents think that eczema is contagious and that sufferers of eczema are dirty. It’s heartbreaking and it’s a real problem!” yourhealthlink.health.nsw.gov.au
NSW Health are hoping to address this problem with their Community Service Announcements which will appear on all television networks across Australia featuring “The Professor” presenting Eczema for Dummies.
Fortunately, my son has never been the victim of bullying. I can’t even begin to understand how distressing this would be to cope with on top of dealing with the stress of living with eczema. This NSW initiative sounds phenomenal and I for one will be on the lookout for the announcements next week.
Another useful and fantastic initiative is, The Eczema Association of Australasia’s (EEA) free eczema clinics being run during Eczema Awareness Week, which Little Bodies are very proud to be supporting.
According to Cheryl Talent, EEA President, Australia has “one of the highest incidences of eczema in the world, affecting one in three Aussies at some stage of their lives, it’s hard to believe that some patients are forced to wait months for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.”
EAA will be hosting the free eczema clinics to give children and their parents the opportunity to be properly diagnosed and to receive advice in a face to face setting whilst cutting down on the lengthy wait times currently being experienced in the health system.
Little Bodies has donated free give away bags which will be filled with free sample products and information from both Little Bodies as well as Dermal Therapy – our sister brand and sample products and literature from other suppliers of eczema care ranges.
Ms Talent, stresses the need and importance of providing parents and sufferers alike with the information necessary to manage what can be a debilitating skin condition.
Eczema Awareness Week runs from Monday 14th May. The clinics will run in the following locations:
Sydney: Monday 14 May, 9am – 12.30pm at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, 121 Crown St Darlinghurst 2010.
Melbourne: Tuesday 15 May, 9am – 12.30pm at the Skin Cancer Foundation, Level 1, 80 Drummond St, Carlton 3053.
Brisbane: Thursday 17 May, 9am – 12.30pm at the Mater Hospital Brisbane, Des O’Callaghan Auditorium, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane 4101.
EEA will have on hand samples of Little Bodies Eczema Relief Cream and Little Bodies Eczema Relief Lotion. Pop around to the clinic to grab your trial samples or, if you can’t get there, drop us a message.