Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

Psychology and Eczema

Using stories to help children with eczema

We have created four stories for children with eczema. These are designed to be personalised by parents or health professionals to make the 'hero' of the story the child reading it. Two stories are targeted at improving treatment adherence, and two introduce ideas to help break the itch-scratch cycle.

There is promising evidence that providing children with such personalized stories can improve engagement, treatment adherence, reduce stigma and facilitate effective adult-child communication.

To use, download the desired story (in Microsoft Word format), then change the details. Details only need to be added on the second page – the rest of the text will update automatically to create a fully personalized story.

To change these details, click on one of the fields (e.g. [Name]) and type the information required. To change between fields click the ‘tab’ button on the keyboard or use the mouse.

Doctor with child patient

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Other useful resources


Naidoo RJ, Williams HC. Therapeutic use of stories for children with atopic eczema and other chronic skin conditions. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Nov-Dec;30(6):765-7. doi: 10.1111/pde.12215. Epub 2013 Sep 23.

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

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