Eczema in children is common and often becomes more troublesome in the winter. Investigators in Boston conducted a pilot study to see whether vitamin D supplements would benefit children with persistent eczema. The youngsters were randomized to receive 1,000 IU of vitamin D or placebo daily for a month. The results were inconclusive but promising.
There is further information on vitamin D in our Guide to Vitamin D Deficiency. But parents may be more interested in some of the home remedies for eczema that others have found helpful. A single study a decade ago (Archives of Dermatology, Jan., 2001) found that oolong tea is helpful, but since then quite a few visitors have reported success with this simple approach.