Do probiotics help prevent eczema in high risk infants? In a recent study, 112 pregnant women with a family history of allergic disease were assessed and some were given probiotics during late pregnancy and 6 months after delivery. Infant of mothers in the placebo group had nearly twice incidence of eczema. In other words, probiotics seem to help prevention of eczema. The authors conclude,
"Prenatal and postnatal supplementation with a mixture of B. bifidum BGN4, B. lactis AD011, and L. acidophilus AD031 is an effective approach in preventing the development of eczema in infants at high risk of allergy during the first year of life."
If you are pregnant, it may be wise to take probiotics in addition to maintaining a health diet.