CHILDREN and their families who have been affected by eczema will be able to benefit from a new support group.

Emily Edwards, from Brimfield, set up the group after her son was diagnosed with the skin condition at a very young age.

Seth was referred to the dermatology team at Hereford County Hospital at only a few months old.

"The first year of Seth's life was heart breaking to see him so uncomfortable," Ms Edwards said.

"However, I had fantastic support from his nurse, Hilary Havard, and after diagnosing six allergies and intolerances, through close management of his diet, and a rigorous skin care routine, his skin condition is under control.

"I set the new support group up with Hilary's help because it's important that children and families do not feel alone.

"At the group we share our experiences, tips, and ways of coping with the condition."

Hilary Havard, a paediatric dermatology nurse, said: "Severe eczema can have a significant impact on children physically and emotionally and their families.

"It's important that babies and children presenting with moderate to severe symptoms of eczema are referred early to hospital for diagnosis and treatment, alongside the much needed support available through Emily's new group.

"We also work closely with the National Eczema Society which offers a wide range of information and advice for families."

The self-run group takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month, 9.30am to 11.30am, at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford.

For more information visit the Herefordshire Eczema support group on Facebook.