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Mother's Probiotic Milk Consumption May Lower Child's Eczema Risk

July 28, 2010 by  

Mother's Probiotic Milk Consumption May Lower Child's Eczema RiskWomen who drink probiotic milk during and after pregnancy may be able to significantly reduce their children’s risk of developing eczema, according to a new European study.

For the study, a research team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology randomly assigned 415 expectant women to receive either probiotic milk or a placebo drink from week 36 of their pregnancy until three months after the birth of their child. The children were then followed until they reached the age of two.

At the point of follow-up the researchers found that the children born to women who consumed probiotic milk were 40 percent less likely to develop eczema than those born to control group participants. Furthermore, if children in the probiotic group did develop the skin condition, it tended to be less severe than average cases.

"We can say with great certainty that it was the probiotic bacteria alone that caused the difference in the incidence of eczema between the two groups," said Torbjorn Oien, one of the scientists involved in the research.

However, the probiotic milk did not lower the children’s risk of developing allergies or asthma.

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  • toby lee

    take a look at
    there is some great info for asthma sufferers and probably all allergy sufferers

  • Grace

    My friend Ellen took some specific pregnancy probiotics ( during her last trimester and thank God the baby has come out very healthy (despite Ellen having had many digestive issues throughout her life, as well as eczema herself.) I think its an area where more research needs to be done, but everytime I read one of these studies I think these good bacteria supplements look promising.

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  • Jeff

    Your immune system is mostly in your stomach and gut. It consists of bacteria and yest. One without the other is bad. The foods you eat sometimes has antibiotics in them. If you eat foods with this in it or take antibiotics you need to take probiotics. The reason why people can’t lose weight is because of this problem. Yeast is a fungi and the only way to kill it is an anti-fungal. If you have a weight problem then take Caprylic Acid. If you want it to stay off eat the phase one diet.


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