Almost a third of Australian babies may develop eczema

A study of nearly 5000 infants in Melbourne – one of the biggest to date on allergy – found the strongest predictors were maternal eczema and asthma (conferring nearly double the risk), male sex, and East Asian ethnicity (60% increased risk).

There were higher rates of eczema among offspring of parents with East Asian ethnicity compared to the parents themselves, suggesting local environmental factors may interact with genes to increase risk, said the researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research