Reducing Your Risk of Eczema
There are no guidelines to reduce the risk of eczema. Some evidence suggests that a child's risk may be lowered by:
- Breastfeeding, or
- Drinking formula that is:
- 100 percent whey protein—partially hydrolyzed
- Made from hydrolyzed cow's milk
- Applying a daily moisturizer—to babies at risk
- Taking probiotics—while pregnant or breastfeeding
Lifestyle treatments may reduce outbreaks in those with eczema.
- Amalia N, Orchard D, et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis on the use of probiotic supplementation in pregnant mother, breastfeeding mother and infant for the prevention of atopic dermatitis in children. Australas J Dermatol. 2020 May;61(2):e158-e173.
- Atopic dermatitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/atopic-dermatitis. Accessed March 22, 2022.
- Eczema and atopic dermatitis. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/condition/eczema-and-atopic-dermatitis/?adfree=true. Accessed March 22, 2022.
- Nicole Meregian, PA
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