This guideline offers best practice advice on the care of children up to the age of 12 years with atopic eczema.
Treatment and care should take into account children's needs and preferences, as well as those of their parents or carers. Children with atopic eczema should have the opportunity to be involved in decisions about their care and treatment in partnership with their healthcare professionals. It is good practice for healthcare professionals to involve children and their parents or carers in the decision‑making process. Where a child is not old enough or does not have the capacity to make decisions, healthcare professionals should follow the Department of Health's advice on consent and the code of practice that accompanies the Mental Capacity Act. In Wales, healthcare professionals should follow advice on consent from the Welsh Government.
If the patient is under 16, healthcare professionals should follow the guidelines in the Department of Health's Seeking consent: working with children.
Good communication between healthcare professionals and children and their parents or carers is essential. It should be supported by evidence-based written information tailored to their needs. Treatment and care, and the information given about this, should be culturally appropriate. It should also be accessible to people with additional needs such as physical, sensory or learning disabilities, and to people who do not speak or read English.
Parents or carers should also be given the information and support they need.