Once-daily application of an emollient from birth until age 6 months shows promise to significantly decrease eczema. This was considered to be a treatment when it was found that “skin barrier dysfunction” presents before eczema starts.
Risk factors for eczema are one or more first-degree relatives with a history of
- hay fever, or
- atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Emolient reduced eczema by 67% in infants! Lube them up, parents.
(The researchers used Cetaphil with 96% patient satisfaction). The next study looking at the relative effectiveness of different emollients is the next study… I’ll stay tuned in.