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Probiotics As An Eczema Alternative Treatment For Children

Aug 17, 2007
Europeans have conducted numerous studies in order to find out just how effective probiotics are for children with eczema. Unfortunately, conventional doctors do not believe in or support these studies because they are limited. However, if you have a child who has eczema, then this is something that you may want to consider.

Young children, including infants and toddlers, belong to a group that is most afflicted with eczema. Eczema is a type of skin disease that causes the skin to become red, inflamed and constantly itchy. In worst cases, skin can appear to be flaky. According to a recent study, 65% of eczema cases occur in children below one year old and about 90% affect children even before they reach the age of five.

Parents would be often at wits end on how to help their child with eczema as he or she can be constantly itching and in pain. A kid I came across would often strip himself throughout the day as he needed to scratch badly and find that his clothes are hindering him to scratch to his hearts content.

Probiotics are microbial organisms that protect and live in your digestive tract. Probiotic bacterial cultures are intended to assist your bodys naturally occuring gut flora to rebalance themselves. These probiotics are able to stop bad bacteria from growing thus strengthening your immune system. One theory is that eczema is related to the exposure to bad bacteria during the early stages of childhood. If so, naturopathic doctors say that probiotics can effectively prevent eczema because it can fight and counter the spread of bad bacteria.

Eczema may possibly be related to food allergens. When your child starts taking probiotics his digestive system will be toughened so that it can better guard against bad bacteria. This helps to balance out the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria in the body, and reduce the risk of eczema.

Good sources of probiotic for eczema includes yogurt, buttermilk, miso, kim chi and other fermented foods and products. When these foods are included, it is possible to prevent eczema.

Do ask your doctor about whether he recommends probiotics for your child with eczema and keep tabs about the latest research on this topic. If you do not have natural sources of probiotics ready at hand, you can also consider giving your children probiotics supplements, especially if your family has a history of eczema.
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Evelyn Lim publishes a free newsletter on Eczema Treatment. A sufferer herself, she shares tips and research on natural remedies for itch and inflammation relief. Gain access to her newsletter here http://www.EczemaTreatmentSecrets.com
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