Q. My one-year-old son has been suffering from eczema. It hasn't improved in spite of numerous visits to different dermatologists and the use of OTC creams and antibiotic regimens. We have tried removing soy and gluten from his diet to no avail.
Someone suggested that probiotics might remedy the eczema, but we are curious how effective and safe this would be.
A. Studies of probiotics show that they can be helpful for eczema in very young children like your son (Allergy, April 2005). We discuss this in greater detail and offer other approaches to managing eczema in our book, Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy. You can find it in your library or bookstore or you can get it online at this website.