1. Why should we do this study?
Having eczema can have a big impact on people’s lives and because there is no cure, we would like to find a way to prevent eczema developing in children. We don’t know whether adding in emollients to the skin care advice given to parents is effective in preventing eczema, and the only way to find out is by doing this study.
2. How many families will take part in the BEEP study?
We are looking for 1300 babies who have asthma, eczema or hayfever in the immediate family for this study.
3. Who is eligible to take part?
We are looking for families who are expecting a baby, and where at least one person in the immediate family has (or had in the past) eczema, asthma or hayfever.
Ideally, we would like families to contact us during pregnancy if they are interested in taking part. This gives you plenty of time to think carefully about the study and ask questions about what it means to take part before the hectic time around the birth. It is possible to join after your baby is born, but you need to contact us within a couple of weeks of delivery.
4. How long will the study last for?
The study will be open for families to join until the end of 2016.
5. What is involved in taking part?
Each family will take part in the study for up to 5 years. The study nurse will carry out a skin assessment when your child is around 2 years of age and this can either be at your home or the hospital, whichever you prefer. We will also ask each family to fill in some short questionnaires approximately once or twice a year until your child’s fifth birthday. Although this may seem like a long time, it is important that we look at the long term effectiveness to answer the question properly.
6. Where is the study taking place?
The BEEP study is taking place in the following areas:
If you live in or around one of these areas, and are interested in joining the study or just want to find out more about it, please contact us.
7. Who is funding the study?