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Could Silk Help Soothe Your Baby’s Eczema?

Good news if your baby suffers from eczema flare-ups – there could be a possible new solution on the horizon

A new study by the University of Nottingham is gearing up to look at the effect of silk on children with eczema.

As well as being a work wardrobe favourite, the material is thought to have protective, soothing properties, which scientists are hoping will make a difference to young skin irritated by eczema.

And they’re looking for volunteers to help them find out. If your child is between one and 15 years old with uncomfortable eczema, he could be eligible to take part.

In short, he’d wear a silk bodysuit or vest and leggings under his clothes – and you then carry on with your usual eczema-treating routine.

The material is thought to have protective, soothing properties

The study lasts for eight months and you give feedback by filling in questionnaires and going to a few appointments. Simples! 

The researchers, who also come from other universities including Portsmouth and Dundee, are looking for volunteers from Nottingham, Cambridge, north London, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

‘We are carrying out the first large-scale independent, randomised controlled trial of silk clothing for the management of eczema in children to establish whether or not these new products live up to the claims that are currently being made,’ says Professor Kim Thomas from the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at The University of Nottingham.

If you think your child could be eligible, email

Does your child suffer with eczema – what do you find helps? Let us know below.

  • Author: Alex Davies Alex Davies
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