I received a letter from a mother in St. Clair, Missouri, who reported that she found that her daughter’s eczema improved with daily bathing. Eczema is a condition with dry, sensitive skin. Conventional pediatric wisdom has been that less bathing is better. This remains true with long baths, where the skin gets pruny. Long baths dry out the skin. Nevertheless, short baths without soap can help hydrate the skin, especially when followed immediately by a moisturizer. A humidifier can also help.
Thanks for writing, Monica