Probiotics could be an easy solution to infantile eczema. Eczema is a frustrating, often painful, skin condition that plagues millions of people everyday. It is characterized by patches of dry skin, intense itching, and recurring rashes, and in severe cases there can be swelling, oozing and bleeding. According to the National Eczema Association, out of the  31 million people in the U.S. suffering from this disease, over half of them experience severe symptoms and most adults with eczema likely suffered as a child as well. Treatments range from ointment, creams and moisturizers to wearing soft fabrics and identifying allergen triggers.

Probiotic supplements are successfully helping people with various diseases and disorders by boosting the body’s immune function and keeping the gut full of good bacteria. Your body’s ability to fight off disease begins with the health of your gut. You will have a better chance of building up your immunity if your digestive tract is able to process nutrients and get rid of waste effectively.

Studies on Infantile Eczema and Probiotics

Studies are being conducted all over the world researching the prevalence of probiotics and eczema relief for infants. Scientists at the University of Milan have conducted a study with 4,755 children and concluded,

“The results of the present meta-analysis show that probiotic supplementation prevents infantile eczema, thus suggesting a new potential indication for probiotic use in pregnancy and infancy.”

In China another study was operated where 40 infants with eczema were divided into a treatment group and a control group. The infants in the treatment group were given the probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum. After only 4 weeks, eczema was noticeably reduced and they concluded that “probiotic supplementation has a positive effect on the prevention and treatment of infantile eczema.”

Children with low levels of probiotics in their gut are more susceptible to diseases like eczema. Women who are pregnant can help prevent infantile eczema with an easy probiotic regimen. Give your child an immune boost by incorporating probiotics in to their daily routine!

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Dr. Shawn Benzinger, D.C., DABCO, FIAMA

Co-Founder, CEO | Dr. Benzinger is a certified Chiropractic Orthopedist, Acupuncturist, and Nutritionist with a passion to help people live healthier, self-sufficient lives. He has served as a national spokesperson and talk show host on areas relating to nutrition, chronic pain, and alternative health care for over 20 years. Dr. Benzinger regularly consults on musculo-skeletal and nutritional management for elite athletes across the country, and he has been working to help educate the Indianapolis community on nutrition and chronic pain for the last 36 years.