Bathing Babies More Than Once a Week Nearly Doubles Eczema Risk
Bathing an infant more than once a week nearly doubles the risk for eczema, and each additional bath increases the risk for skin-barrier dysfunction, according to new research. More bathing results in higher transdermal water loss. Maybe we are only meant to bath weekly, he told Medscape Medical News. Previous studies have looked at bathing frequency in infants with eczema, but this is the first time investigators have looked at bathing in a general population of infants at a time when eczema typically develops.
@debanjali Parents completed a questionnaire when their 3-month-old infants were enrolled in EAT, and again at 12 months. They were asked about the use of moisturizer, shampoo, soap, bubble baths, bath oil, and baby wipes, bathing frequency, and their assessment of how dry the baby's skin was. Infants were assessed at 3 months and 12 months for eczema, using the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) protocol, and for transdermal water loss on the left forearm skin.