MarcieMom (@MarcieMom) met Dr Christopher Bridgett (@ckbridgett) through Twitter – and learnt that he had a special interest of using behavioural interventions to help people with atopic eczema. DrB trained in medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, then as a psychiatrist in Oxford. He now works in private practice in London. He has co-authored several publications on The Combined Approach, that proposes using habit reversal to stop habitual scratching in atopic eczema. To find out more about behavioural dermatology, click http://www.atopicskindisease.com/articles/PeterNoren to read DrB’s interview with Peter Norén MD, the Swedish dermatologist who created The Combined Approach.
MarcieMom: Good day Dr B; Here’s something I’d really like to know because I sometimes feel I’m ‘video-parenting’ my child. ADHD has been linked with watching TV but TV really helps to distract an eczema child from scratching. What’s your personal recommendation on this? (In the light of parents needing to do chores, make milk, clean house, vacuum and can’t be holding their children’s hands every second! Now, it sounds like I’m justifying to myself *embarrassed*)
Dr B: Usually I hear from patients that TV is scratchogenic – scratching increases unconsciously, especially with boring programmes – though sometimes it increases with emotion, and concentration. The picture of a picked forehead in our book “Atopic Skin Disease” (see – www.atopicskindisease.com) shows what was caused by watching TV – habit reversal achieved healing in two weeks – by knitting the doctor a sweater, a habit reversal side effect! DrB