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Health Baby Wipes Don't Cause Food Allergies

06:07  14 april  2018
06:07  14 april  2018 Source:   lifehacker.com.au

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The headlines: Baby wet wipes "cause food allergy", new study warns (the Telegraph); Do you use baby wipes often? It can trigger food allergies in infants (Economic Times)

The story: Children with food allergies often show signs of eczema (which appears as dry, red skin) early in life. We rely on our skin to be a barrier between us and the outside world, and it seems that children can be sensitised to food allergens (such as peanuts, for example) through their disrupted skin. That much was already known, but so far there was no good way to study the connection in the laboratory - for example, in mice.

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“Infant Wet Wipes ‘ Cause Food Allergy ,’ New Study Warns,” composes The Telegraph, while Tech Times says “Nourishment Allergies in Children Are Being Caused by Baby Wipes Due to Skin Exposure.”

“ Baby Wet Wipes ‘ Cause Food Allergy ,’ New Study Warns,” writes The Telegraph, while Tech Times says “ Food Allergies in Children Are Being Caused by Baby Wipes Due to Skin Exposure.”

Well, good news! A team at Northwestern University found a way to trigger food allergies in mice. They published a study describing their procedure, which Northwestern's press release described as a "perfect storm" of four factors:

  1. The mice were bred so that they all had a genetic predisposition to an eczema-like skin condition.
  2. Then the skin of baby mice was exposed to peanut or egg allergens for 40 minutes…
  3. ... and dust allergens (from either dust mites or mould spores)...
  4. ... and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a soap-like chemical often found in cleansers and personal care products.

SLS can disrupt and irritate the skin if you use enough of it, but it's not usually an issue with the amounts that are in products we use.

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No baby wipes were involved in this study. And guess what? Baby wipes don't usually contain SLS. (Huggies brand doesn't. Pampers brand doesn't. Amazon elementsdoesn't. If any are out there, I couldn't find them.)

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Filed Under: baby wipes , Children, Chris Melore, Food Allergies , Infants, Local TV, talkers. The researchers found that up to 35 percent of children with food allergies experience skin inflammation (atopic dermatitis) that may be caused by gene mutations which reduce the skin’s barrier against

If parents start avoiding baby wipes as a result of this study, or obsessing about rinsing off any residue, "I think that's unnecessary, and a lot more anxiety and work than they need," says paediatric allergist David Stukus, who was not involved in the study.

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Wet napkins cause food allergies . A major US study has warned that wet wipes for babies can cause food allergies . Scientists have urged parents to avoid using baby wipes to reduce the risk of food allergies due to foods such as nuts, eggs and soy, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

The mystery behind the development of childhood food allergies just got a little bit clearer. A new study from Northwestern University identified a "recipe" that may trigger an allergy , and one of the ingredients is baby wipes .

SLS was just meant to be an example of a common cleansing ingredient, says Joan Cook-Mills, senior author of the new study, and one that conveniently she already had in the lab. She also stressed that all four factors were necessary: She tried applying just the SLS and peanut allergens, but couldn't trigger the allergies that way.

It's also a long way from a mouse study like this to any useful conclusions about human babies in the real world. "Scientists always want to see one or more other groups confirm such a finding before they're ready to jump to the conclusion of what consumers ought to do with that info," says Steve Taylor, who co-directs the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Allergy Research and Resource Program and was not involved in this study.

He pointed out that the medical and scientific community has screwed up in the past, by making recommendations too quickly on preliminary research. Doctors told parents not to feed highly allergenic foods to children, but later on we learned that eating these foods early in life actually protects infants from developing allergies. Better not to jump to conclusions until we really know what's going on.

The takeaway: I'll let Dr Stukus have the last word: "I think the study was brilliant, but the interpretation and extrapolation to baby wipes in humans is not supported in any way."

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