"Say, a sibling with peanut butter on her face kisses the baby or a parent prepares food with peanuts and then treats the baby."
"Reduce baby skin exposure to food allergens by washing your hands before Treat the Baby
"Limit the use of baby wipes that leave soap on the skin. Rinse the soap with water as we did years ago."
C The findings indicate that more than a third of children with food allergies suffer from eczema.
However, skin barrier mutations may not be apparent until long after the onset of food allergy.
The neonatal mice in the experiment with the mutations had normal-appearing skin, and the dry, itchy skin of the dermatitis did not develop until the mice became a few months old, the equivalent of a young adult in human years.
After mice were given three to four skin exposures of food and dust allergens for 40 minutes during a two-week period, they then received eggs or peanuts by mouth
. They suffered allergic reactions at the site of skin exposure and in the gut, as well as anaphylaxis.
"This is a recipe for the development of a food allergy," said Professor Cook-Mills
"There is great progress in our understanding of how foo d allergy starts early in life."