A group of allergy doctors and researchers have published new research in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology which contradicts conventional knowledge, stating that it actually is OK to give children with eczema a daily bath.
Previous understanding from experts was that infrequent bathing was best because too much showering and washing can dry out skin which can cause further eczema and dermatitis.
This new research advises that a "Soak and Smear" technique should be used. The advice is:
1. Always use lukewarm water, hot water can often sting and is far less soothing than lukewarm water.
2. Do not use harsh soaps, body scrubs or shampoos. Instead use milder cleaning products which are pH balanced.
3. Never scrub delicate skin, merely wash gently.
4. Do not rub skin dry with a towel. Instead just pat dry gently.
5. Smear emollient immediately after patting dry. Make sure to use proper emollients which are designed specifically for skin conditions such as eczema.
A daily bath can remove surface dirt, irritants and allergens. So in some cases can be good for treating eczema.
One doctor from the study Dr. Ivan Cardona states that parents should always use their own judgement. If daily bathing doesn't help their child's eczema they can switch to more infrequent bathing.
In a report of this from the BBC, they asked some UK experts about the study. They have replied that the advice was sensible, but Amena Warner of Allergy UK has noted that baths should be kept to a maximum of about 10 minutes.
Dr Carsten Flohr has said that daily bathing was OK, but that soap and shower gels could irritate skin and make eczema worse in some people.
Here at PureShowers.co.uk many of our customers have reported a lot of positive feedback about using a shower filter to help alleviate symptoms of eczema. This is because a shower water filter removes harsh chemicals such as chlorine which dry out skin.