After effects: Mental strain/diffyculty grasping Maths and remembering tasks

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Marwaan Daniels

Cape Town, South Africa

#1 Jun 23, 2010
My son is 9 years old and has had eczema since birth. Over the last 2 years his eczema is basically gone and only surfaced during the change of seasons. This year it has not resurfaced even during the change of season but has extremely dry skin which we are taking care of, thank god. It is amazing what we discovered the side effects of Eczema had. A simple one was when my son was 4 -5 years old he could not distinguish between the 3 colours of a traffic light.My problem now is the after effects of Eczema.
We sit with him every night with his Maths homework and his general spelling is way below what it should be for a 9 year old. A simple sum like, what is 6 - 1 and he will sit a few seconds and then answer and so on. He is struggling to grasps the whole number thing and his spelling is very bad. Concentration is down as well and I don't think he enjoys going to school because of this. He does not have a problem going to school but can you imagine him sitting in class and not being able to spell the words correct or calculating an easy maths sum. What does he do?
We are currently trying an educational reading and memory clinic on a Saturday morning for 1.5 hours. We have also bought the software for him to do this program twice a day for 20 minutes. He has been on this program for about 3 months now, which I know is not long but there should have been a 1 or 2 percent improvement in him.
Can somebody please answer my question if there is some memory or grasping problems with children who has had Eczema?
Eczema Lifer

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Apr 7, 2012
I was diagnosed with eczema when I was just shy of my 3rd birthday, I'm almost 31 now. Not only did I not ever have any problems with memory, concentration or learning, I was in advanced classes for the majority of my school career. Eczema only causes problems on the surface of the skin (although i have to add that mine was so severe I was constantly teased/bullied for the way my skin appeared). I have never heard of eczema having any connection to learning disorders.

I would honestly have your son evaluated by a developmental specialist to check for any learning disorders, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, etc. Unfortunately, there are entirely too many to list here, but this way you have a definitive answer, plus be able to find the appropriate resources to better help your son in both school and life. Good luck to you

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