Many schools in the Raleigh-Durham opened their doors this week for the 2015-2016 school year. We all know that there will always be a few kids who will bully some of their classmates, especially those who have visible differences. At the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, a group of investigators presented the results of their observational study about pediatric skin conditions and bullying. They found that almost half of the children enrolled in the study have experienced bullying due to their skin conditions including acne, birthmarks, eczema, and hair loss. The study revealed that only 10% of the children had ever been asked by a medical professional if they had experienced bullying.
While this information may not surprising, we do hope that it will serve as a reminder to medical professionals, teachers, and parents to be aware, to initiate conversations, and to answer questions as they arise. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) manages and funds Camp Discovery, a camp for children who can’t attend regular camps due to their serious skin conditions.