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Average parent uses enough emollient to paint an entire house twice on their child’s eczema

New research  , conducted by Epaderm, finds parents will use a staggering 65 litres of emollient over the course of their child’s eczema - enough to paint a house twice!

18th September 2018, Milton Keynes, UK - To mark National Eczema Week (17th – 25th September), Epaderm today releases results of a survey of 1,000 British parents, which uncovers if mums and dads are managing their child’s eczema effectively. The results reveal that the average parent uses 10.8 litres of emollients every year – accumulating to 65 litres over the course of their child’s eczema (enough to re-paint an entire 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom house twice over with emollient!). A leading eczema expert believes that even larger amounts are necessary for effective treatment.

“When it comes to eczema the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is true. Parents should aim to keep their child’s skin soft and supple with generous use of emollients, applying multiple times a day. This will prevent your child from suffering itchy flare ups and reduce the need to use stronger steroid based creams,”

comments Paediatric Dermatology Nurse Karen Pett,

“The Epaderm survey found that parents used 900ml of emollients each month which although a significant amount, is lower than national guidance recommends  .”

The Epaderm Junior Survey’s ‘Emollient Equation’

The Epaderm Junior Survey’s ‘Emollient Equation’

  • 900ml of emollients per month
  • 10.8 litres per year
  • The average child will have eczema for six years

A staggering 65 litres over the course of childhood eczema!

The Emotional impact of Eczema

The Emotional impact of Eczema

90% of parents reported eczema impacts their child’s day to day life

  • A third said it affects their child’s sleep
  • Over half of parents report that eczema leaves their child irritable or fed up
  • 40% of parents said that eczema affects the clothes their child can wear
Emollient application infograhic
See the results

To mark National Eczema Week, Epaderm Junior have created an infographic which gives parents and at-a-glance guide to emollient application

See the infographic

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