PROBIOTICS AND ECZEMA
Probiotics are being studied and used for the treatment of many health conditions, including eczema in children. Paediatric dermatologist David Young says there is no reliable evidence to date that strongly supports their use, although they may be helpful in some for prevention and treatment of atopic dermatitis. “Ongoing research is looking at what strains of probiotics may be more useful and what is the best dosage and time of administration,” he says. The World Health Organisation recommends that probiotics may be useful for children who are genetically predisposed to having asthma. This means the child would have at least one parent or sibling with an allergic disease, such as hay fever, asthma, food allergy or eczema.