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Do probiotics have a role in the prevention of allergies, atopic dermatits or asthma?

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Do probiotics have a role in the prevention of allergies, atopic dermatits or asthma?

Scientists at the University of Miami recently reviewed all studies done on pregnant women and babies that tested the use of probiotics and the subsequent development of eczema and asthma. They found some studies that indicated probiotcs may be helpful in preventing eczema. None of the existing studies showed a benefit in prevention of asthma. Their findings were promising but not all probiotics were found to be helpful! More and longer studies need to be done to really determine which probiotics are beneficial and for how long they need to be taken to show a benefit.
http://www.dailyrx.com/probiotics-babies-may-reduce-risk-sensitization-allergies-not-asthma
Do you use probiotics personally or give them to your children? If so, how did you choose which one to use?

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  1. Interesting. A friend of mine is always urging me to take probiotics, but I’m intimidated because I don’t know where to begin with researching them for myself or my child.

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  2. I gave my daughter probiotics for about a year, although for her the reason was for GI issues. She already had a cow’s milk allergy and developed chronic constipation. Her GI doctor recommended Culturelle for kids (lactobacillus). When her allergy resolved at age 2, thankfully her constipation did too. Hard to say if probiotics helped or not, as she was also on medication at the same time.

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