The Question: Does the consumption of probiotic-containing milk products during pregnancy and infancy affect the chances of the infant developing infant eczema and allergic diseases?

The Study: The mothers of more than 40,000 Norwegian children completed questionnaires on their own consumption of probiotic-containing milk and their child’s episodes of atopic eczema, rhinoconjunctivitis (runny nose and eyes) and asthma during their first six months of life.

The Results: Probiotic milk consumption during pregnancy resulted in a small (6%) reduction in eczema at six months and a 13% reduction in rhinoconjunctivitis. When both the mothers while pregnant and infants after six months of age consumed probiotic-containing milk, the infants had 20% less rhinoconjunctivitis. Probiotic milk consumption had no influences on the risk of developing asthma.

Comment: Probiotic milk consumption appears to be safe and may have some mild benefit on infant allergy development.

Read More: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 01/14

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From issue: 29/09-10