Aaron M. Drucker

Atopic Dermatitis and Growth Parameters in Children

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Aaron M. Drucker

Dr. Drucker

Aaron Drucker MD, ScM, FRCPC
Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Women’s College Hospital
Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicin and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, ICES 

MedicalResearch.com:  What is the background for this study?  What are the main findings?


Response: Because atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that is common in children, parents and physicians often wonder if it will affect overall child well-being, including their growth parameters. Previous studies were mostly cross-sectional, so we conducted a longitudinal study to follow children over time.

We found that although young children with atopic dermatitis were somewhat shorter with higher BMI than children without atopic dermatitis, these differences were small and attenuated as children grew older.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: If atopic dermatitis in childhood does impact growth parameters, this effect is likely small and transient.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response: A limitation of our study is that we didn’t have data on how severe children’s atopic dermatitis was or how active it was through childhood. Future studies to replicate our findings and investigate the influence of atopic dermatitis severity and activity would be helpful.

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Nicholas MN, Keown-Stoneman CDG, Maguire JL, Drucker AM. Association Between Atopic Dermatitis and Height, Body Mass Index, and Weight in Children. JAMA Dermatol. 2022;158(1):26–32. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.4529 

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Last Updated on March 27, 2022 by Marie Benz MD FAAD