If you are pregnant, taking probiotics during your pregnancy and during breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the chance that your baby will suffer from eczema. And even if your baby still contracts eczema, it is likely to be more mild than cases in children whose mothers did not take probiotics.

Scientific study on eczema

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), compared mothers who drank one glass of probiotic milk a day during and after pregnancy to women who were given a placebo. The results were published in a study in the British Journal of Dermatology and showed that the incidence of eczema was reduced by 40 percent in children up to age two. This was the first such study that showed that certain probiotic bacteria can have a preventative effect in newborns, and corroborated researchers’ beliefs that probiotics positively affect the composition of breast milk.

According to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. It is an uncomfortable condition that causes the skin to be red, itchy, dry and scaly. Eczema generally appears in the first six months to five years of a child’s life. Babies usually develop it on their face (especially the cheeks and chin), but it can appear anywhere on the body (like the folds of the elbows, and/or knees) and symptoms may be different from one child to the next

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