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]

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  1. KK

    The Best Cure for Eczema is a deficiency of magnesium, so what I do – It create a EPSON SALT water in bucket and wash my hand in it. Also Use Neutrogena Extra strength 1% Coal Tar at night to wash it.
    Try this – and 90% of the time this will HELP.

  2. JM

    I have chronic dry eczema. It stated when I was less than a year old, I am now 72 and still have it.
    I do not agree with what you have stated. I have found in most cases of eczema that it stems from family DNA. Might be another form of allergy a member has, but it shows up as eczema on the infant. It can even jump generations or go back several.
    Yes, diet can help if its a food allergy causing it, but I have found that lack of Vit. A and D can also play a roll in helping to keep it under control. As a child I was lugged to every know specialist in the USA and took all of the allergy tests they could think of, but nobody ever came up with a cure.
    My rash usually covers over 75% of my body, and without medication I look like someone who has been sunburned all over. The only thing that holds it at bay for me is small doses of Prednisone. Not a good medication to take over a long period of time, but taking just small doses seems to have worked so that I look normal and don’t have a rash. I get bone dens test yearly and so far still doing okay.

    • Missy G.

      I hope you have checked out the website of the National Eczema Association. They also hold a biennial conference for folks like us that could help you immensely.

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