New Study Reports Applying Breast Milk to Infant Eczema Very Effective.

New Study Reports Applying Breast Milk to Infant Eczema Very Effective.

Anne Fairchild McVey

Breast Milk Applied to Eczema? Sounds Crazy but Very


According to a new study (International Journal of Dermatology, February 2nd, 2015) applying human breast milk to infant eczema is as effective as applying hydrocortisone 1 percent ointment.

This study was performed by Hengameh Kasrae, Arak University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Researchers had two groups of babies in a pediatric unit. One group of babies with eczema received human breast milk applied to their eczema. The second group of babies received topical hydrocortisone 1 percent ointment applied to their eczema. At day 0, 7, 14 and 21 there was no visual differences to the skin between the two groups of babies with eczema. Both treatments showed similar positive effects. This study concludes that human breast milk can be as effective as hydrocortisone 1 percent ointment for treating eczema.  

How does this study apply to you? Do you have an infant with eczema? If you are breastfeeding, applying your breast milk to your child’s eczema is a more natural approach and may manage your baby’s eczema without drug intervention. This might be a great option for baby face eczema, which is stubborn and hard to treat.  It will also calm fears of using prescription drugs with know side effects to treat infant eczema.

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