Childhood Dermatitis Artefacta and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Swee Ping Tang, Anayasmin Azmi


The Covid-19 pandemic has spread rapidly across the globe resulting in widespread illness and deaths. Mitigation measures including severe lockdowns have been implemented in many countries including Malaysia, resulting in negative psychological effects on the population in general but more so in children who are especially vulnerable. School closures and social isolation has resulted in disruption of normal routines and social infrastructures leaving a deleterious effect on the mental wellbeing of children. Children of front liners have an added risk due to the physical or mental absence of parental companionship during the pandemic. Here we report a case highlighting the negative psychological impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on a young male child with front liner parents manifesting as Dermatitis artefacta.

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Covid-19; Dermatitis Artefacta; Child; Psychological

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