Daily bathing is currently considered optimal for most children with atopic eczema
The eczema education programme team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ often hears from parents that they have been advised to bath their children less frequently, and we believe this is due to concerns about the effect of hard water.
The eczema education programme team and the National Eczema Society believe daily bathing with an emollient is helpful for eczema. Although robust studies have not been carried out on eczema patients, washing the skin daily with an emollient helps control the microbe colonisation on the skin, and these microbes may drive the eczema. Additionally by bathing for 10 minutes, water will become trapped in the top layer of the skin and this in combination with emollients should help to artificially repair skin barrier function.
Further information can be found on the National Eczema Society website.
The eczema education programme team runs a course for parents of children with atopic eczema throughout Lambeth and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.