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Can Consuming Probiotics During Pregnancy & Infancy Prevent Allergies?

2013 August 31 by


Here is my latest post at the SAFBaby website:

A review of all studies on the effects of probiotics resoundingly showed their benefit in the prevention of allergies. Researchers evaluated the results of 25 studies published between 2001 and 2012 that examined the effect of probiotics on allergies in children.

They discovered that prenatal exposure to probiotic supplements as well as postnatal supplementation had a significant effect in reducing the incidence of allergies. The effect was measured by blood tests for antibody levels to specific allergens and by skin tests for allergic responses.

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Prebiotics Reduce Eczema and Asthma in Infants

2013 April 10 by


A review of all clinical studies confirmed that prebiotics are associated with a reduction in eczema and allergy in infants. Prebiotics are nutrients that feed the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria. These include oligosaccharides and inulin from various plant sources.

The supplements evaluated in these studies were galacto- and fructo-oligosaccharides. (GOS and FOS). These prebiotics are frequently added to probiotic formulas by many manufacturers. And they are available with other immune enhancing product formulas.

Infants at high risk of allergies who took prebiotics had a significant reduction in asthma and eczema, and infants regardless of their risk had a reduction in eczema.

Supplementing infants with prebiotics and probiotics is beneficial for reduction of eczema and asthma incidence.


Osborn DA, Sinn JKh. Prebiotics in infants for prevention of allergy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Mar 28;3:CD006474. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006474.pub3.



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