The “wet look” is in. At least, that seems to be the case for treating the delicate skin of babies who have eczema, according to dermatologist, Valerie Goldburt, MD, PhD, with Advanced Dermatology PC. The importance of maintaining moisture in the skin of eczema patients has been long noted, Dr. Goldburt said. In an April 3, 2017 article, Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis Treatment and Management, published on the professional medical web site, Medscape, authors emphasized the importance of keeping eczema-affected skin hydrated. This is an optimal method for improving the skin’s resiliency against irritants and allergens in the environment. Hydration also maximizes the effects of topical therapies in the treatment of eczema, Dr. Goldburt said, citing the article.

Referred to as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a rash that makes the skin dry, scaly, and itchy. It frequently forms on the scalp or face, particularly on the cheeks. The non-contagious disorder affects 10-20% of children worldwide, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“Both genetic and environmental factors cause atopic dermatitis, and we are still learning how these elements affect the immune system in pediatric skin,” said Dr. Goldburt. “We know this disorder runs in families. Maternal age at baby’s birth, the area of residence, and even gender – with girls more likely to develop eczema – these all appear to play a role.”

Dr. Goldburt concurs with the authors of the Medscape article that infants with eczema be given lukewarm baths, no more than 10 minutes long, using only mild, unscented soaps. Baby shampoo can be used for eczema on the scalp, Dr. Goldburt said.

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