Probiotics and Eczema

May 22, 2018 by: Pediatrics for Parents staff Article Tags: ,

The Question: Does probiotic administration to infants at high risk of developing eczema lower their incidence of this skin condition?

The Study: For the first six months of life, the feedings of 92 infants at high risk of developing eczema were supplemented with Lactobacillus rhamnosus (10 billion colony-forming units). Their incidences of eczema, asthma, and rhinitis were monitored for up to six years. A control group of matched infants was also monitored.

The Results: There was no statistical difference in the outcome of the two groups.

Comment: This study found no protective effect of this probiotic at this dose used as a supplement for the baby’s first six months of life. 

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