As many as one-third of people with psoriasis develop the disease during childhood, and studies have found that about 1.2 percent of children have psoriasis. Along with this high prevalence comes a growing recognition that pediatric psoriasis affects more than just the patient.
Research shows that psoriasis can negatively impact the quality of life not just of young patients, but of their families and caregivers as well. Results from a 2016 survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation indicate that parents of kids with psoriasis may not be happy with their child’s medical care. Out of a group of 36 parents of children with psoriasis, less than half reported being “very satisfied” with the treatment their child received for psoriasis.
The 2016 NPF survey indicated that most children with psoriasis — 72 percent of the group surveyed — use topicals for their psoriasis, with more than 40 percent turning to over-the-counter products.