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probiotics and eczema

Can probiotics help eczema?

Eczema and probiotics – an update

It has been a little while since I wrote about the benefits that probiotics can have on eczema management and in that time the evidence in favour of giving your child a probiotic as part of your eczema management is piling up. Looking at the evidence it appears that if you are not already supplementing your child’s diet with a probiotic, now is a good time to start.

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Can probiotics help eczema

Can probiotics help eczema?

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.

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target eczema naturally

How can I treat eczema naturally?

 

When it became clear my baby had eczema the first question I wanted answered was how I could treat his eczema naturally. Three and a half years later we have tried so many natural remedies and treatments. There is nothing which was recommended to me that I didn’t try and not every natural eczema treatment made a difference to my baby’s eczema.

Treatments which help me manage eczema naturally

  • Taking probiotics

I started mixing probiotics into my baby’s milk from when he was four months old. While the evidence for probiotic use to treat different infant conditions is mixed, there is evidence which suggests probiotics help manage allergies and provide relief from eczema symptoms, and this has been my experience. Research also indicates that probiotics are safe and well tolerated in healthy infants and children.

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Food allergies and eczema

The link between food allergies and eczema

I can’t talk about managing eczema without mentioning the link between eczema and food allergies. Some toddlers with eczema will be allergic to some foods. The most common foods which trigger eczema symptoms in toddlers are cows’ milk, eggs, soya, wheat, fish and nuts. This doesn’t mean the food causes eczema, just that it is likely your toddler may also have a food allergy which can in some cases make eczema symptoms worse. In our family my eldest toddler has a food allergy to yeast – so no vegemite in our house! My younger toddler has food allergies to pineapple and eggs.

Each of my toddlers react differently to their food allergies. The eldest has a delayed food allergy – after about 6 hours of eating the food he is allergic to, his itching and eczema worsens. Whereas the youngest experiences immediate food allergies and her symptoms are more obvious. Her symptoms usually occur within two hours of eating the food she is allergic to – what we see is redness, swelling and irritation around her mouth and a little red lumps which form a rash on her skin (uticaria).

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