Since starting my pediatrics rotation, I have come to notice how important caring for a baby's skin is for parents! According to a Northwestern Medicine study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the average amount of money families spend for a child with eczema is around 274$ a month! What is awesome is that, gently applying a low-cost unscented moisturizer such as coconut oil, almond oil, Vaseline (patroleum jelly), Aquaphor, Cetaphil &/or Aveeno on your baby’s skin (especially between crevices & rolls of fat) can dramatically reduce dryness & risk for eczema! It is recommended to apply these moisturizers after a bath when your baby’s skin is still moist (bare in mind that babies should be bathed around 2-3 times a week). If done responsibly, applying moisturizer in the first six months of your newborn's life could be a cost-effective, preventative strategy to reduce the burden of eczema! Since atopic dermatitis accounts as a major health expenditure & has been associated with multiple co-morbidities, this simple action could prove to be an efficient prophylactic treatment for your child! For more, click on the link in our bio & [SUBSCRIBE] to our YouTube channel.
Written by Student Doctor: @medspired ©03/29/2017 All Rights Reserved.
Inspired by: My current pediatrics rotation.
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This research was published in JAMA Pediatrics: