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Are Creams and Moisturizers Containing Oats Safe For Children With Atopic Dermatitis?

Published on Jan 11, 2011 with 0 comment

It is interesting to note that some cream emollients and moisturizers that contain oats may actually be doing more harm than good in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema). A recent study from France found an alarming rate of sensitization to oat protein among children using oat containing topical products. Sensitization rates were particularly high in children two years old and younger.

Oatmeal baths and oat creams have a reputation for soothing the angry, inflamed skin of those with atopic dermatitis or eczema. The evidence presented in this study raises questions about this claim, and caution is therefore warranted when using these products, especially if used regularly.


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