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Reducing Your Risk of Eczema

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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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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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.