Is your child been diagnosed to have vitiligo? If yes, these Vitiligo tips will help you to manage it better.
At Mysimilia we treat vitiligo and a lot of them are children. Most of the time, along with the treatment, a detailed counseling of parents is required. These tips include the glimpses of what our expert doctors advice to the parents with vitiligo child.
Diagnosis of vitiligo often comes as a panic or a shock to the parents as vitiligo is a socio- cosmetic disorder. Following tips are based on our experience in dealing with vitiligo scared parents.
Tip no 1:
Do not panic
Vitiligo belongs to a group of diseases termed as autoimmune diseases and it is the most benign(harmless) of them all. Vitiligo is not a serious disease in terms of affection to the vital organs of the body. Getting anxious or panic will not help your child in any way.
Tip no 2:
Vitiligo is like any other medical problem such as a child suffering from a migraine or frequent colds, etc. It is not something out of the world or it is not something which is not treatable. In fact, it is a condition where a child does not have any active symptoms which may affect him/her. vitiligo results due to loss of pigment, not a big deal, medically speaking.
There are different types of vitiligo such as those having scattered spots is called segmental vitiligo, those having spots spread on both sides of the body is called symmetrical vitiligo, etc. It is important to find out in which category your child lies and also the success of treatment may depend on the type of vitiligo.
Tip no 3:
Vitiligo does not spread all over the body in every case
Most parents are concerned about it’s spread. It is rare for vitiligo to spread all over the body. The extent of spread depends upon the genes. Vitiligo is slow to spread in most of the cases and spread can be arrested with proper on-time medication.
Tip no 4:
Vitiligo is not an infection
It is a known fact that it is not a contagious disease and one cannot spread it by touching or being in contact with. Do not restrict your child’s social appearances.
Tip no 5:
Vitiligo is considered as a social stigma
Owing to increase in general awareness vitiligo is no more considered as a stigma. Few communities or segments of society might consider vitiligo as a stigma but make it a point to ignore them. If the parents ignore such kind of things then it will be easy for the child to ignore.
Tip no 6:
It is important for a parent to accept your child’s vitiligo so that your child will accept it readily. If you and your child are comfortable with vitiligo; the society will also be comfortable. Acceptance of vitiligo will make your child confident and mature. This will help your child to be confident and vitiligo will never be a barrier to his/her progress.
Tip no 7:
Don’t run away and be comfortable
It is easy said than done but do not try to hide the spots. You must give freedom to your child for selection of his/her clothes irrespective of the visibility of vitiligo spots. If the child will not be conscious about the vitiligo spots then only others will become comfortable with your child’s vitiligo.
Tip no 8:
Do not search for new spots
Please do not search for the new spots or do not try to check the spots for growth frequently. This is the most important one out of all the vitiligo tips. This will make your child more conscious about vitiligo and he/she may think that something is wrong with them. Treat the vitiligo spots as a common thing. Checking spots is important to know the progress of the treatment but it can be managed by taking pictures every month or so and photos can be compared without involving the child in the process.
Tip no 9:
Boosting child’s confidence
It is one of the top responsibilities of the parents as well as the treating doctor to boost child’s confidence. This is possible if you and your child learn to accept vitiligo with proper understanding.
Tip no 10:
Concerns related to future of child or marriage
This might sound a bit odd but many parents are concerned about the marriage of their child. Unfortunately, this is because in many parts of the world some people consider vitiligo as a social stigma. While we reflect on this concern we come to a conclusion that worrying may not really help. As the time is passing our society is getting more matured and educated and this will change the negative ideas about vitiligo. There is increasingly better acceptance about vitiligo.
As a parent you have must look for best of education, growth, and development of the child. Once your child learns to accept vitiligo (even if not fully treated), he/she will have no problem getting accepted.
Tip no 11:
Vitiligo should not become a block in the growth
As a parent, you must take the responsibility that vitiligo should not become a block to your child’s growth. This can be achieved only after you understand vitiligo and accept it. Keeping an open mind yourself will help your child to be mature enough to learn and accept vitiligo as a part of the body. This will help him/her grow in life without vitiligo becoming a block.
Tip no 12:
Take Homeopathy Treatment
Treatment of vitiligo is a long process and one needs to keep patience while adapting a treatment plan. Use of immunosuppressive medications may give an immediate response but it may lead to increase of vitiligo on a later date, as seen in our experience.
Treatment of vitiligo must focus on following points-
- Controlling the disease process,
- Stimulating re-pigmentation as much as possible
- Must be safe and without side effects in view of a long-term treatment
Homeopathy fulfills the above-mentioned criteria.
- While seeking professional help ensure that doctor has got an adequate experience and understanding about vitiligo.
Doctors at Mysimilia have a good amount of experience in treating vitiligo cases. For any query, you may visit our website