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Eczema Books for Children

Eczema can really take a toll on our little ones. They have varying degrees of unsightly red patches on their skin. They sleep poorly since they’re up half the night itching. The itching can consume and distract them from otherwise fun activities like play time, eating, spending time with family. Their diets are often limited due to food allergies. As parents we tote them around from doctor to doctor trying to determine the best treatment plan. We test different creams on our children to find the best one, many which end up stinging their delicate skin. On top of all this, many children with eczema must deal with bullying, which frightens the heck out of me.

That’s a lot for our kids to deal with and it can be really hard for them to understand why they have to go through all of it.

Unfortunately, the selection of books about eczema or atopic dermatitis is limited, to put it mildly. I’ve tried to track down hard bound books for Tristan to keep, but I haven’t had much luck. If you know of any, please share the titles with us in the comment section.

What I have found are a few online books which I’ll share with you here. Tristan found most of them pretty interesting. The children’s eczema books definitely helped him understand that he’s not the only child with eczema in the world, which definitely lifted his spirits.

  • Under My Skin – (Free) Download the entire book or individual chapters about the physical side of eczema, triggers, the emotional side, or the healing side.
  • Max Swings Again – (Free) Go to the Interactive Book tab to view this online book. Cute story and pictures about Max the monkey and his eczema. Great website with many other interactive features for young children.
  • Buzz Starts a New School – (Free) Go to the Interactive Book tab to view this online book. This one is for older school age children and is about a robot’s first day at a new school and how he copes with his eczema there.
  • Penny’s Eggs-im-ah – (Free) Go to the StoryTeller tab at the bottom of the page to download this book in pdf format. This one is also great and prompts kids to really take control of their treatment plan.
  • Malcolm Finney Medical Detective – The Case of… Itch and Rash– A kid friendly explanation of eczema tucked into a medical adventure. Best for ages 6-12.
  • I Have Eczema  – A relate-able story for children with eczema.

I hope your children enjoy the stories! If you know of any others, please let me know and I will gladly add them to this list.


14 Comments Post a comment
  1. QnUzDHFfTAvfYSmFaCildUViilXVxlAoFRhCbujjDqE= #

    Thank you so much for this!


    September 2, 2016
  2. Hi. I wrote a book for kids going through steroid withdrawals.

    It’s called “taming the scratchy monster” and it is about a young boy who is being harassed by a monster with itchy prickles!

    It is currently available on the website and 100 percent of the book proceeds go to the Itsan charity.


    August 5, 2013
    • Wonderful! Thank you for letting us know!


      August 7, 2013
  3. Stacey #

    Hello I was just wondering if you can send me this book through the post as I have no printer ??


    October 26, 2012
    • Hi Stacey – I’ll send you an email about this. Sadly, I don’t have a printed version.


      October 29, 2012
  4. Yan Tan #

    Hi Jennifer,

    Just wrote a book on the social aspect of eczema – Izzy suffered from Eczema and she was bothered by it. School bullies said she was contagious and wouldn’t play with her! Find out how Izzy stood up to the bullies and finally stopped letting eczema get in the way of making friends and feeling good about herself.

    Hope your readers and their charges will enjoy the illustrations and the story!

    For free downloads of the book use this discount coupon code: XV57V
    Download link:


    August 23, 2012
    • So happy to learn about your book! I hope lots of children will benefit from it. Thanks for sending the link. Jennifer


      August 24, 2012
  5. I am a nurse practitioner and an author of a soon to be released children’s book all about eczema! Bandages & Boo-Boos Press is releasing Malcolm Finney, Medical Detective: The Case of Itch and Rash on August 25, 2012. A portion of all purchases made from the website at will be donated to The National Eczema Association on launch day. Books will also be available for donation to NEA. Log on to the site and check-out the book!
    Erika Kimble, Author


    August 16, 2012
    • How wonderful! I’m very happy to share this with everyone on FB and Twitter as well. Looks like a great book. Thank you for writing this book! Jennifer


      August 17, 2012
      • Great! I hope everyone enjoys the book and finds it a useful tool for combating the itch and scratch cycle of eczema.


        August 19, 2012
  6. I have an actual copy of the book Penny’s EGGS-im-ah. Our pediatric dermatologist had copies at his office. I thought I had a copy of another children’s book on allergies, but I am unable to find it at the moment. Great idea to highlight books for kids with eczema.


    February 6, 2012
    • Yes, that’s a cute book! We borrowed one from our local children’s hospital library. Tristan enjoyed it.


      February 7, 2012
  7. Hi! Thanks for the mention on my book A to Z Animals are not Scratching! It’s going to be printed by the National Skin Centre in Singapore and I’m waiting to see how it’d turn out. It will be distributed to their children eczema patients.

    Also, I’m working on a few coloring pages as well as valentine’s day using the animals in the book. Will let you know.

    Separately, I’ve been contacted to make the book to an app. Maybe your readers can let me know if they think it’s something they will buy. It cost 4 figure US$ to get into an app, anyone knows of cheaper source?


    February 3, 2012
    • Of course! Always happy to help a fellow eczema mom! Really exciting that you’re getting published. Congrats! Do keep me posted on the coloring pages – I’d love to feature or promote those as well. As far as the app – no clue. Maybe ask around on Twitter? Jennifer


      February 3, 2012

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