New study amongst parents highlights that greater knowledge of their child’s eczema can result in improvements to their skin
London [25th July 2017]: With parents managing their child’s skin every day for an average of six years, and some parents spending just 30 minutes per year with a GP assessing their child’s skin, 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.
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. 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.
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. Suitable for children’s delicate skin, Epaderm Junior is free from fragrance, colouring and SLS. 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.
“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, 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. The Epaderm Junior range is now available in Boots.
About Epaderm/talkhealth Eczema Tracker study The Epaderm/talkhealth Eczema Tracker study was conducted over a 12 month period involving a cohort of 200 parents to better understand the daily physical and emotional challenges of managing eczema faced by parents of children with the condition. Parents were asked a series of questions to understand the emotional and physical journey, together with themed questions covering seasonal topics such as winter skin, allergies and returning to school. In addition, parents were asked to monitor their child’s skin on a monthly basis on the ‘Eczema Tracker’. One clear outcome of the study was awareness with 80% of parents stating they were now more aware of their child’s skin condition as a direct result of being involved in the tracker study. The ‘Eczema Tracker’ has been an extremely successful experience for the parents and children who have been part of the study.
About Epaderm Junior Epaderm is an award-winning and highly effective emollient range and is the number one prescribed emollient ointment in the UK. Recommended by doctors, Epaderm has been specially developed by dermatologists for the management of dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, suitable for all ages, including babies. The Epaderm range is free from fragrances, colouring and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and is a trusted brand for sensitive skin.
The Epaderm Junior range offers complete emollient therapy and includes Epaderm Junior Cream, a 2-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser and a skin cleanser; and Epaderm Junior Ointment a 3-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser, a cleanser, or added to a bath. The lighter cream might be preferred during the day and the heavier ointment at night.
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