Probiotics for the allergic child

Warning_Allergy_Child_Probiotics_Dr Rodney Ford

Warning_Allergy_Child_Probiotics_Dr Rodney Ford

Maybe I have got your attention? I hope so because accumulating evidence shows that healthy bugs in your gut is crucial for your good health, good immunity, and in the prevention of allergy. The word “probiotics” is used to describe the “good bugs” that live in our gut/colon.  Probiotics supplements have been shown to help reduce eczema in babies: they are used to prevent eczema in infants with an allergic family history.  Probiotics for the allergic child are crucial.

The  World Allergy Organization (WAO) put together a panel to develop recommendations on the use of probiotics in allergy.
  • Unfortunately, this baby in the photo is developing eczema.
  • Unfortunately, there is a family history of allergy (her older sister has severe eczema).
  • Unfortunately, probiotics were not started early.

But it is not too late! Evidence is accumulating that probiotics given to babies with eczema helps it go away – although this takes some time. Studies suggest that probiotics should be given for at least 6 months or more, perhaps as long as 2 years.

Most families that I see in my Clinic have never heard about this information.  But it is such an easy thing to do, and safe. Everyone is reliant on their “good bugs” to keep their immune system in good condition. Yes, all of us.

Probiotics for the allergic child

Eczema baby helped by Dr Rodney Ford

Eczema baby helped by Dr Rodney Ford

So what are the WAO findings? They say probiotics should be used in:

a) pregnant women at high risk for having an allergic child;
b) women who breastfeed infants at high risk of developing allergy; and
c) in infants at high risk of developing allergy.
However, they state that their recommendations are conditional and supported by low quality evidence and are intended to support parents, clinicians and other health care professionals in their decisions whether to use probiotics in pregnancy, during breastfeeding, or for infants.
My comment:
There are hundreds of studies looking at the use of probiotics in allergy and gut conditions. For instance: “Maternal probiotic supplementation during pregnancy and breast-feeding reduces the risk of eczema in the infant.” There are no dangers in using probiotics. However, it is unclear what bugs should be used, what dose should be given, and for how long they should be taken. I have been recommending the use of probiotics in all eczema children (especially babies) and for most gastrointestinal conditions.
Food Puzzles Newsletter explores the many facets of food-related-disorders. If you would like to read more about solving these eczema puzzles, then you might like to look at this ebook: “Eczema: Cure It!” by Dr Rodney Ford. Also available as a Kindle eBook

We also offer an online computer programme to help those people who are trying to find out if they could have a food related problem: Dr Rodney Ford’s eClinic.
by Rodney Ford
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