How to choose the best moisturizer to treat eczema in children

BOSTON — Millions of children suffer from eczema and a mainstay of treatment is moisturizers, but which type is best?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease characterized by itchy scaly patches on the skin. It affects up to 20% of children.

Parents are often advised to keep their child’s skin well moisturized to avoid flare-ups, but families often want to know which product is best. So researchers in the UK asked carers of 550 children aged 12 and under with eczema to apply one of four types of moisturizers – creams, lotions, ointments or gels.

They found that none of them seemed more effective than the others.

That said, some providers believe, for example, that ointments work best on hands and feet, while creams or lotions work best on the face.

But at the end of the day, most experts agree that the best product is the one the child prefers and is most likely to use.

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