A mother is pleading with strangers to stop avoiding avoiding her psoriasis-suffering toddler daughter because of her condition.
Ashley Nagy, 29, has shared photos of 19-months-old Charlie to raise awareness of the skin condition. She revealed that parents drag their children away from her child for fear that they may catch something.
The mother-of-two from Queen Creek in Arizona, US also explained that her and husband Andrew, 32, have been accused by strangers of letting their daughter get “severely sunburnt”. She says she is combating the stares and cruel comments by kissing and cuddling her child in public.
“Strangers can be very cruel about it, when we’ve taken her to the playground the parents of other children have dragged their kids away thinking she’s contagious,” she said.
“Most people move away, afraid they are going to catch whatever she has or move their kids away so she can’t get to close or play with them. My response is normally to pick Charlie up and kiss her so that people can see she is not contagious and being near her isn’t going to hurt anyone. A few people have made comments, some ladies said that I was a bad parent and couldn’t believe I let her get so sunburned. ‘Others have said they can’t believe we have her out in public, but these are just very ignorant people so we ignore them.”
Charlie was only four-months-old when she was diagnosed with psoriasis after the small red dots that appeared all over her skin developed into large welts that would peel and flake off. She had her first psoriasis flare-up when she was two months old. Doctors believe she is one of the youngest patients to have such a severe case. The real estate agent says she refuses to hide her child’s condition.
She said: “I don’t put her in turtlenecks or hide her, I have her in shorts and am not ashamed of who she is and walk with pride, I know she’s beautiful. While she has psoriasis, it doesn’t define her because she has such a great personality – she’s bubbly, funny, very sweet and at times she’s freaking hilarious. If I’m pushing her around in a stroller and see people staring at her, looking at her in pity or trying to move their children away I’ll lightly touch her face and kiss her on the cheek. I want people to see that even though she has psoriasis they don’t need to be afraid to touch and love her, I hope they see she’s not contagious and are more compassionate.”
Charlie’s parents combat the itchy and painful flare-ups with a specialist two-hour bathing routine. In addition they put her on a gluten and dairy-free diet, with a daily cod liver oil and aloe smoothie, which has stopped her from needing oral medication.
Ashley said: “Our nightly routine is bathing her in essential oils, occasionally we use bleach or oatmeal, then a specialist psoriasis shampoo. Then we lotion her right away so her skin doesn’t crack with organic butter bees wax, that has essential oils and other ingredients. From there, we put her in an oversized cotton t-shirt so that the ingredients can soak into her skin and prevent flare-ups from friction that can be caused when her clothing is too tight.”