Last updated on October 2018

The PEBBLES Study - Testing a Strategy for Preventing Eczema and Food Allergy in High Risk Infants


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Asthma | Food Allergy | Eczema
  • Age: - 1 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

Infants will be eligible for this study if their mother, father, or an older sibling has a self-reported history of at least one of the following conditions:

  • asthma,
  • eczema/atopic dermatitis,
  • hay fever/ allergic rhinitis or
  • food allergy

Exclusion Criteria: infants with any of the following will be excluded:

  • A parent who has a known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients of EpiCeram will be excluded, as it would be difficult for these parents to apply EpiCeram to their infant, and there is likely to be an increased risk of the infant reacting to the cream.
  • Multiple births (twins, triplets etc.) will be excluded, due to the difficulty in randomising individual twins and because of the clustering effect of multiple children from the same family which would reduce the effective sample size of the study.
  • Who are born premature (<36 weeks) as the effect of the intervention may be different in premature infants.
  • Who have major birth or early life medical complications that require admission into a special care nursery, as it will be difficult for parents to comply with the study requirements.
  • Whose parents do not have sufficient English language skills to be able to answer questions.
  • Whose parents are not able to comply with all protocol required visits and procedures

Recruitment Status: Open


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