Parents can HALVE their baby"s risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products

Parents can HALVE their baby's risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products Findings contradict the 'hygiene hypothesis' that exposure to allergens and germs boosts immunity 11% of children protected from allergens such as nuts and dairy products developed asthmaCompared to 27% of those exposed to the allergens By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 Protecting babies from highly allergenic foods and dust mites in their first year of life can prevent the development of asthma during childhood, a new study has discovered.

Hope for eczema sufferers after scientists discover malfunctioning protein known as Ctip2 which makes skin dry and scaly, paving way for new…

New hope for treatment for eczema sufferers as scientists discover protein behind dry and scaly skin Protein known as Ctip2 controls body fats that keep skin cells healthy and hydratedBut in people with eczema, it may malfunction, causing the characteristic dry, red, itchy skin Findings pave way for new treatments, say researchers By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 11:05 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:22 GMT, 3 January 2013 The main genetic cause of a common type of eczema has been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes of fresh treatment The main genetic cause of a common type of eczema has been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes of fresh treatment.

Schoolgirl, six, has such severe allergies she could be killed by a kiss and has to be wrapped in bandages 24 hours a day

Schoolgirl, six, has such severe allergies she could be killed by a kiss and must be wrapped in bandages all day Isla suffered a severe reaction after her sister gave her a kiss hours after drinking milk Her skin flares up so badly people ask if I have burned her, says mother | UPDATED: 12:57 GMT, 15 August 2012 The top-to-toe bandages protect Isla's skin from allergens A little girl has such severe allergies that even a kiss could prove deadly.

Why a dog is a child"s best friend: They bring in dirt and allergens that boost their immune systems

Why a dog is a child's best friend: They bring immune-boosting dirt and allergens into the home Babies in dog-owning families were 44 per cent less likely to get inner ear infections and 29 percent less likely to need antibiotics | UPDATED: 12:43 GMT, 9 July 2012 Dogs are not just man's best friend – they are also extremely beneficial to children as well.