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Using baby wipes can make your child more allergic to food, new study finds

One moment, your cuddly infant is giggling without a care in the world. The next, he’s crying uncontrollably from itchy rashes all over his body.  The itchy rashes could be a sign of food allergy, which the baby could have acquired from environmental and genetic sources.  Professor Cook-Mills led a research on the causes of food allergies by studying newborn mice that had normal-looking skin.  The research team gave the mice egg or peanut after exposing them three or four times to food and dust allergens, including sodium lauryl sulfate, a soap present in infant wipes. The mice showed allergic reactions in the area of the skin exposure and in the intestine. The allergic reactions included the life-threatening anaphylaxis.  Read more...

 

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