The purpose of this study is to learn more about atopic dermatitis (eczema) and its relationship with food allergy development in children. Previous studies have shown that children with eczema have a higher risk of developing food allergies.
Our researchers are studying newborn infants and their parents to determine if there is a way to predict if children will be allergic and more likely to develop eczema or food allergies. Allergies may be prevented with early introduction of foods such as peanuts into the diet and the use of topical creams. This study involves testing the skin with a plastic wand to look for water loss, looking at fat and protein content in the skin with skin stickers, and food allergy testing in babies who are 3 to 6 months of age. Participants receive food allergy testing at an earlier age and frequent skin care exams.