Eczema & Probiotics

Eczema & Probiotics


Although the role of probiotics in the treatment of eczema or atopic dermatitis remains controversial, there is evidence that suggests a relationship between gut microflora and kids with eczema. Kids lacking friendly bacteria appear to be more susceptible to eczema than kids with normal gut flora and that kids with eczema are particularly sensitive and responsive to probiotics.

A study using the formulation in FloraTummys Probiotic Sprinkles for Kids (L. acidophilus DDS-1, B. lactis and Fructooligosaccharide) showed a significant clinical improvement in children with atopic dermatitis†.*

†In the Study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology in 2010, one dose of the formulation used in FloraTummys (5 billion CFU) was used twice a day for 8 weeks and showed a significant clinical improvement in kids with eczema.

Atopic dermatitis also known as eczema is a common inflammatory skin disorder which often presents in early childhood and persists into adult life in 60% of patients.

Many years of medical advice telling parents to avoid highly allergenic foods such as peanuts when children are babies may have contributed to increasing allergy rates, says Hugh Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Earlier this year medical organizations changed their advice recommending that babies at high and moderate risk of developing a peanut allergy, such as those with eczema, be introduced to these foods by the age of six months.††

Current treatments for eczema include skin hydration, emollients, avoidance of allergens and irritants, and use of antihistamine drugs or corticosteroids. These treatments may alleviate the symptoms of eczema, but are often not sufficiently effective. With more data showing the use of probiotics can help with food allergies and eczema you can now consider a natural way to treat your child.

FloraTummys Probiotic is tested and free of most common food allergens (which can worsen eczema in kids) non-dairy, gluten and sugar-free, non-GMO, and vegan.


† American Journal of Clinical Dermatology in 2010

†† The addendum guidelines represent an update to the 2010 comprehensive food allergy guidelines published by a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-sponsored expert panel (