Atopic dermatitis (AD, a.k.a. eczema) is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease in infants, and it is on the rise for unknown reasons, with 20 percent of infants, and young children experiencing symptoms. Infant AD is also associated with lung diseases, such as hay fever and asthma.
Probiotics supplements are everywhere these days, but arguably one of the most tested products in children and adults—for a variety of conditions—is Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (found in Culturelle, for example). When it comes to kids, this is the product I’m most comfortable discussing with parents.
What is Eczema?
Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked.
Atopic eczema is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. But it may also develop for the first time in adults.
It’s usually a long-term (chronic) condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear completely, in some children as they get older.
Home Remedies For Eczema
The best evidence for preventing and reducing the severity of AD is for probiotic supplementation in mothers and infants. L. rhamnosus GG has shown to be effective in long-term prevention of AD development. (Follow package dosing instructions based on weight.)
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
This looks interesting for reducing the severity of AD, but more studies are needed. A combination of prebiotics and black currant seed oil with GLA and omega-3s also appeared to be effective in reducing the development of AD, but this needs more research, too.
Partially hydrolyzed whey formula and extensively hydro-lyzed casein formula have been associated with reducing AD development, especially in infants without a family history of AD.