Slash Incidence of Infant Eczema and Allergy by 58 Percent
June 09, 2009
Daily supplements of probiotic foods may reduce the risk of eczema in children by 58 percent, according to a new study.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is one of the first signs of allergy during the early days of life and is said to be due to delayed development of the immune system. It affects between 10 percent to 20 percent of all infants.
Researchers recruited more than 150 pregnant women and randomly assigned them to receive a probiotic mixture or a placebo for the last two weeks of pregnancy. The infants subsequently received the supplements for their first year of life. Parental-reported eczema was 58 percent lower in the intervention group during the first three months of life.