How Vaseline might stave off atopy

DAILY full-body application of OTC moisturisers in the first months of life could be a cost-effective way of reducing the burden of atopic dermatitis, researchers say.

The US dermatologists say there’s emerging evidence that moisturising at-risk neonates prevents – or at least delays - development of eczema.

And preserving the skin barrier this way early in life theoretically could also reduce the risk of developing other atopic diseases such as food allergies and asthma, they say.

It’s known that dysfunction in a critical skin protein – filaggrin – predispose to an atopic

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