Children and eczema: Presentation of recent scientific literature
This is part of the first series of medical report round-ups presenting some of the latest research on dermatology. We’ve pulled together the findings following information on a recent study of the effect of probiotics in children with atopic dermatitis.
These were the findings from a recently published study on the effect of probiotics in children with AD. The findings are based on cross-sectional analyses of 13 trials with a total of 1070 children included. The goal was to investigate whether the intake of probiotics affected the symptoms and severity of the eczema. Overall, the studies are not easy to compare in terms of the children and study design leading to the conclusion, that caution is needed when generalising these results.
So to summarise…
Studies show a link between the intake of probiotics in children with atopic dermatitis favouring a mix of probiotics. As for now, there is not enough evidence to say that probiotics should be a part of standard treatment or not. There are definitely some trends indicating positive effects however, further research is needed.
Title of publication: Probiotics for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Date and journal: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, September 2017
Link to article: Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2017 Sep 6;7:392