New study amongst parents highlights that greater knowledge of their child’s eczema can result in improvements to their skin
With parents managing their child’s skin every day for an average of six years,1 and GPs having on average just 30 minutes per year to assess their skin,1 there is an emerging trend of parents becoming skin care experts, or ‘Dermaparentologists’. Commissioned by Epaderm® Junior in partnership with talkhealth, a first-of-its-kind study followed 200 parents of children with eczema over the course of one year. Parents monitored their child’s skin using an ‘Eczema Tracker’ to measure their emotional and physical journey, as well as explored the parents’ choice of treatment for their child’s skin.2
A positive result of the study was improvement in awareness of their child’s skin condition. By the end of the year, over 60% of parents reported that close monitoring had a positive impact on their child’s eczema.2 When considering treatment, almost all of those surveyed (94%) understood the importance of checking the ingredients of the emollients they used on their child’s skin to reduce any additional irritation.2 A third of parents (35%) could name specific ingredients they avoid, including perfume and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).2
This week sees the launch of Epaderm Junior; a highly effective emollient range specifically developed by dermatologists for the management of dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.3,4 Suitable for children’s delicate skin, Epaderm Junior is free from fragrance, colouring and SLS.5 The Junior range is the newest addition to the Epaderm family – a trusted brand amongst doctors and the number one prescribed emollient ointment in the UK.6,7
“1 in 5 children in the UK have eczema and this study shows that parents who track their child’s skin are becoming more informed on what treatment regime works best. Choosing an emollient that is gentle on delicate skin, as well as being free from SLS and perfumes is important for parents committed to effectively managing their child’s eczema” comments Karen Pett, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Dermatology at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust.
The study also showed that parents who used the ‘Eczema Tracker’ became more experienced in what worked best for their children, with 82% finding the process helpful and 99% recommending it for other parents.2
The Epaderm Junior range is now available in Boots.