Luka is a six month old baby from Pirkanmaa. He participates in a study where the hygiene hypothesis is being tested for the first time in the world. According to the hygiene hypothesis, babies are exposed to too few dusts, which increases their allergies. The study introduces natural bacteria, viruses, and other microbes into the skin of children, who cannot themselves roar in the woods.
Luka’s mother is allergic to animals, pollen and many foods, and she also suffers from asthma. Dad is allergic too, though to a lesser degree.
When Luka was born, his parents decided to take part in a study to help prevent allergies with microbial powder. The study involves 350 babies.
Half of the babies get a powder containing natural microbes on their skin, and half receive snow powder. The powder is mixed with skin fat or added as a powder to a baby hat, pillowcase and sheets.
Luka’s parents do not know which group their children belong to, but they conscientiously do the research: brush the fat on their backs, take care of the powder and visit the nurse every few months to take stool and blood samples. When solid foods come into the pattern, they report food allergies if they occur. The development of any rash is also monitored.
Another similar pilot study is being conducted in Kuopio. It is not yet in the patient phase, but first, it will be explored whether the home microbe can be diversified by bringing soil from the forest to the rug.
Let’s return to the carpet mold later and first find out how the Lukaak baby study came to be.
The urban lifestyle is prone to allergies and asthma