Elemental diet in the management of severe eczema in childhood


D. J. Hill, Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3052.


Eight children with severe, generalized, childhood eczema, uncontrolled by standard dermatological treatment, underwent a period of dietary antigen-avoidance, using an elemental based diet. For the group, there was statistically significant improvement in eczema during treatment with the elemental diet, and relapse of eczema followed within 6 weeks of returning to a normal diet. The results suggest dietary factors are important in childhood eczema.