Probiotics May Help Children With Moderate to Severe Eczema
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at Wright State University conducted a review of past studies to assess the benefit of probiotics for children with eczema. The study published in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology found that probiotics may benefit children with moderately severe eczema.
About the Study
Overall, treatment with probiotics was associated with a lower SCORAD score (improvement in eczema symptoms) compared to a placebo. However, only those children with moderately severe eczema, as opposed to mild eczema, seemed to benefit.
How Does This Affect You?
It is important to keep eczema under control, not only for the child’s comfort but to also avoid infections from broken skin. There have been conflicting reports of the benefits of probiotics for the treatment of eczema. A systematic review helps to improve the reliability of study results by combining several smaller studies. This type of review may create a clearer picture of a controversial treatment.
Avoiding known allergens and instituting proper skin care are the cornerstones of eczema management. In addition, it appears that probiotics may offer some relief to children whose eczema is moderately severe. However, it is unlikely that probiotics will resolve the problem on their own. If your child is currently taking medications to treat his or her eczema, it may be worthwhile to discuss with your child’s doctor the benefits of adding a probiotic.
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Michail SK, Stolfi A, Johnson T, Onady GM. Efficacy of probiotics in the treatment of pediatric atopic dermatitis: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008 Nov;101(5):508-16.
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