Preventing Eczema in Infants with Emollient Therapy (Applying Moisturizer Daily)

Preventing Eczema in Infants with Emollient Therapy (Applying Moisturizer Daily)

Anne Fairchild McVey

Preventing Eczema at Birth Using Moisturizing

A recent pilot study by Simpson et al showed a significant reduction in eczema symptoms at 6 months of age of infants using the simple treatment of applying an emollient (heavy moisturizer) daily within 3 weeks of birth to babies that are at high risk of developing eczema (risk - a parent has eczema, asthma, food allergies or seasonal allergies). The purpose of moisturizing is to enhance the skin barrier which may protect against the IgE sensitization.

Moisturizing is a simple, risk free way to prevent or minimize your baby from developing eczema. Although simple, the process must follow a technique in order to be effective. 1st, make sure to use a cleansing product that does not contain known eczema triggers. The National Eczema Association has a program where they grant a Seal of Acceptance to companies and their products who follow certain guidelines. Please visit this list of approved products for baby eczema bath products at  2nd, use lukewarm water and use the cleanser sparingly. Make sure the baby soaks in the lukewarm water for at least 10 minutes. Pour the water over all of the baby’s skin including the face and head. If your baby does not like water poured over their head, please pat with a warm, clean wash cloth. After the bath, pat dry immediately with a clean towel and apply an emollient. Vanicream and Vaniply are wonderful emollients given the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance. To purchase Vaniply visit To purchase Vanicream visit

Once the baby has the emollient applied, dress the baby in cotton, natural fiber clothing.

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