Atopic eczema affects 1 of 3 children with a family history of eczema, with about half of them developing the skin lesions during infancy. The risk for eczema can be significantly reduced by feeding a hydrolyzed
infant formula during the first 4 months of life if breast-feeding is not sufficient.
Caution needs to be taken when infants with eczema first eat egg or egg-containing foods. Recent research suggests that a reduction in egg allergy incidence may be achieved by early regular oral egg exposure in infants with eczema, provided that the infants had tolerated their first few exposures to egg.
Current research continues to investigate the ideal age range during infancy in which food allergens may be introduced into an infant’s diet to reduce the risk of food allergy development.
Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronically recurring allergic disorder which exerts a significant economic burden for families of affected children, healthcare systems and society as a whole. The incidence of atopic dermatitis was significantly reduced when infants (who cannot or were not breastfed) were fed a specific 100% wheybased partially hydrolyzed infant formula in the first 4 months of life. Early allergy prevention results in significant benefits for health and quality of life of children and their families as well as in economic savings. The health and economic advantages of allergy prevention should be considered for public healthcare systems and reimbursement agencies.