Help for Eczema

Help for Eczema

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

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. ldbeams

    Thank you so much for this. My new, baby granddaughter seems to possibly have eczema and baby acne. It seems the mother’s pediatrician told her not to use lotion on the baby for the first year. In the meantime my granddaughter’s skin is extremely dry and flaky.


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