Young children frequently suffer from eczema. This skin condition, also known as atopic dermatitis, can cause redness, itching and significant discomfort. It is notoriously difficult to treat.
Dermatologists from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine analyzed 21 studies examining probiotics and other dietary supplements for children from birth to three years old. They found that children given the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG were much less likely to develop eczema. Prebiotics together with black currant seed oil were also more helpful than placebo. The gamma-linolenic fatty acid in black currant seed oil was beneficial in reducing the severity of symptoms.
[Archives of Dermatology, online Dec. 17, 2012]