From the New York Times:
...infant eczema, with its unpredictable outbreaks and vicious cycle of itch and scratch, has been raising discomfort for babies and anxiety in parents to a new level.
“It used to be, 20 years ago, one baby in 20 was affected by it,” said Dr. Anthony Mancini, a pediatric dermatologist in Chicago and head of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Now, that number is roughly one in five or six.”
“It’s got to have something to do with our Western lifestyle,” said Dr. Hugh Sampson, a professor of pediatrics and immunobiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, and president of the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “There are issues of pollution, preservatives, the potency of pollen.”
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