A study published today in the BMJ suggests that there is little good evidence on the benefits of emollient bath additives, although the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends regular use of “emollient wash products” for children with eczema.
The NICE guideline is probably why emollient bath additives are commonly prescribed, costing the English NHS more than £17m a year in primary care alone. But do emollient bath additives really reduce the severity of eczema and improve quality of life, in conjunction with standard care?
talkhealth will be launching MyEczemaChild Patient Support Programme within the next few weeks. The programme is free to join and will provide you with 24 weeks of medically written, practical help and support to assist you in managing your child’s eczema.