Onset Of Kids’ Food Allergies Linked To Infant Wipes, Genetics

It seems like more kids have allergies these days than they did years ago, and a new study links the onset of children’s good allergies to genetics and environmental factors– including the use of baby wipes. Northwestern University researchers found allergies develop from a combination of genetics that alter skin absorbency, infant cleaning wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food by caregivers. To lower a baby’s risk of later developing food allergies, researcher Joan Cook-Mills says, “Reduce baby’s skin exposure to the food allergens by washing your hands before handling the baby. Limit use of infant wipes that leave soap on the skin. Rinse soap off with water like we used to do years ago.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that four to six percent of children under the age of 18 in the U.S. develop food allergies, and the rate of food allergy increased 18 percent between 1997 and 2007. (UPI