Help for Eczema: Surprising Advice

I received a letter from a mother in St. Clair, Missouri, who reported that she found that her daughter’s eczema (a skin condition we talk more about here) improved with daily bathing.

Help for Eczema

Eczema is a condition with dry, sensitive skin. Conventional pediatric wisdom has been that less bathing is better. It’s true that with long baths, where the skin gets pruny, bathing less is better. Long baths dry out the skin. Nevertheless, frequent short baths without soap can help hydrate the skin, especially when followed immediately by a moisturizer. A humidifier can also help. Keeping the skin moist can make a big difference.

Thanks for writing, Monica

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (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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