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Atopic dermatitis, Infants, Children, Eczema, OTC, Steroid-free, Topical



  1. Weber, Teresa M.
  2. Herndon, James H. Jr
  3. Ewer, Melissa
  4. Stephens, Thomas J.
  5. Flick, Iris
  6. Filbry, Alexander
  7. Neufang, Gitta
  8. Schoelermann, Andrea M.


Background: Two steroid-free, over-the-counter skin protectant products have been developed for the care and treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD)-Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme (Body Cream) for daily skin moisturization and Eucerin Eczema Relief Instant Therapy cream (Instant Therapy) for treatment of AD flare-ups. We tested the efficacy and tolerability of these formulations in infants and children with AD.


Methods: Study 1: Body Cream was applied twice daily to the lower legs of 64 children with a history of AD (aged 3 months to 12 years) for 14 days. Study 2: Instant Therapy was applied to active lesions and surrounding skin of 29 children (aged 3 months to 12 years) with active atopic lesions. Assessments were performed at baseline and Days 7 and 14. Symptoms were assessed using the Atopic Dermatitis Severity Index in Study 2.


Results: Body Cream significantly improved skin hydration and reduced itching, burning/stinging, erythema, and tactile roughness. Instant Therapy significantly improved skin hydration and AD symptoms, notably pruritus, erythema, and lichenification. Both products were safe and well tolerated.


Discussion: Body Cream and Instant Therapy were effective and well tolerated in the treatment of AD in children. These products provide steroid-free, nonprescription therapy for the maintenance and treatment of acute eczema and were proven effective and safe in infants as young as 3 months.