Managing our little ones’ eczema and reducing eczema flare ups is more often than not a process of trying a range of different things which may or may not make a difference. Things we often try include changing our washing detergent, being picky about the fabrics their clothes are made from, excluding certain foods from their diet, anything which we hope can bring them some relief. And for many of us finding out if probiotics can help manage eczema and reduce flare ups is worth a try.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts which are said to have benefits for many different conditions. You have probably heard them talked about as ‘good’ or ‘healthy’ bacteria. Generally they are thought to be helpful in treating gut related problems.
How do probiotics help eczema?
Research suggests that skin conditions, like eczema, can be linked to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. When there’s not enough good bacteria in the gut it can trigger an inflammatory reaction from the immune system. This inflammatory reaction can lead to a flare up of eczema.
What probiotics help eczema?
Recent research shows that two strains of probiotics – Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus fermentum – result in improved eczema symptoms and eczema flare ups. The improvements in eczema with these probiotics included less scratching, oozing, dryness and redness, as well as the affected area getting smaller. Other improvements in eczema when these probiotics were taken included better sleep, and the children feeling better about their skin.
What are probiotics for kids?
Probiotic supplements for children are usually powders and you can give them to your eczema bub by mixing them into their milk or food. There are a range of probiotic supplements for children and some specifically claim to help eczema. Remember though, according to the research, look on the label for either or both of the Lactobacillus paracasei or Lactobacillus fermentum strains. These can be found in pharmacies and health food shops and if you’re unsure of what to buy always ask your healthcare professional.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional