Bayer HealthCare, in partnership with Mom Central Consulting, found that a large majority of moms of children who suffer from the skin condition eczema didn't feel knowledgeable about the condition and were unsatisfied with conversations with doctors.
Now, to help bridge the information gap and improve patient-physician dialogue about the condition, the Dermatology Unit of Bayer HealthCare has newly launched The Eczema App, which can be downloaded for free at www.theeczemaapp.com, the App Store and Google Play.
The recent study the group conducted found that three-quarters (76%) of moms whose children suffer from the skin condition eczema do not feel knowledgeable about the condition. Further, while almost all had discussed it with their children’s doctor, nearly 40% were unsatisfied with those conversations.
The Eczema App enables patients to record and track their flare-ups over time, store photos of affected areas, and keep notes on their flare-ups and treatment. Patients and parents can then use this information to have more informed discussions with their doctor or their children’s doctor. Additionally, the app provides news from the National Eczema Association and access to comprehensive information about the condition, which is categorized by age, including infant (3 months–2 years); toddler (2–4 years); kid (4–12 years); teen (13–18 years) and adult (> 18 years).
“Pediatric eczema is oftentimes an emotional challenge for moms—especially new moms—because they may feel uninformed and helpless,” says Lawrence Eichenfield, chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. “The Eczema App is a supportive tool that moms can use in coordination with their child’s doctor to help better manage their child’s condition and make informed decisions.”
The survey, which was conducted online among 583 members of the Mom Central Consulting Testing Panel, found that moms are looking online for help—93% of moms said they already spend time online searching for general information about their children’s health. Still, one in three new moms readily admit they do not know how to effectively treat eczema.
As more moms go mobile (nearly 80% of respondents owned a smartphone or tablet), three out of four moms said an app which provided them with quality health care information, especially in the area of children’s skin health, would be a welcome aid.
“Our research shows while moms sympathize with their children’s uncomfortable symptoms, they really want more control over the condition,” says Tracey Hope-Ross, Mom Central Consulting vice president of consumer insights. “These on-the-go moms actively seek new ways to better manage their family’s health.”
The Eczema App is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.