Probiotics and atopy prevention

 In Immune System, Infant & Child health, Pregnancy

Probiotics significantly reduced the risk of atopic sensitisation by 29% when administered prenatally to the pregnant mother and postnatally to infant (RR 0.71; 95% CI, 0.57 to 0.89) and the risk of food sensitization (RR 0.77; 95% CI, 0.61 to 0.98)1.

The meta-analysis of 17 studies with 4755 children showed that probiotic supplementation during pregnancy and early infancy significantly reduced the risk of eczema by 22% compared to placebo (RR 0.78; 95% CI, 0.69 to 0.89). The effect was most evident when a combination of probiotic strains was administered (RR 0.54; 95% CI, 0.43 to 0.68) 2.

 

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References:

1Zhang GQ et al. Probiotics for prevention of atopy and food hypersensitivity in early childhood. Medicine 2016, 95(8):e2562

2Zuccotti G. et al. Probiotics for prevention of atopic diseases in infants: systematic review and meta-analysis. Allergy 2015, 70: 1356-71