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Habit reversal for habitual scratching in younger children with atopic eczema

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The Combined Approach to atopic eczema, using behaviour modification to optimise conventional treatment, was first introduced by a Swedish dermatologist, Dr Peter Norén, in the 1980s. In the first part of this article, Christopher Bridgett suggests how this approach, which combines habit reversal with topical treatment, can be successfully used to treat younger children, either in a clinical setting or using a self-help format. In the second part, a patient's mother, Iman Ogoo, relates how the self-help format of the approach transformed the life of her two-year-old son.
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Keywords: CHRONIC ATOPIC ECZEMA; EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME; HABIT REVERSAL; OPTIMISED TOPICAL TREATMENT; YOUNGER CHILDREN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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