PRO­BI­OTICS AND ECZEMA

Little Treasures - - BABY HEALTH -

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.

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