Probiotics for Eczema: Treat Childrens Eczema with this friendly Bacteria 11/03/13

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What is Eczema exactly?

Eczema actually refers to a group of conditions that leave the skin red, itchy, and inflamed.  There are many different types of eczema but the most common form or eczema is Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema.

The National Institutes of Health states that the prevalence of eczema is increasing from 9 – 30% of the population affected by it.

babys-children-with-eczemaEczema is typically seen in young children and in infants and many children out grow the condition by the age of 2; however, some individuals continue to experience symptoms of eczema on and off through out there entire life.

Eczema most commonly affects the skin on the face, knees, hands or feet; however, any area of the skin may be affected.  Eczema almost always leaves the skin very itchy and usually a rash appears.  Areas that are affected by eczema are often times very dry, thickened, or scaly.  The skin may change in color as well.

Infants that are affected by eczema can have rashes that ooze or crush and this may be on the face or the scalp.

Eczema is NOT contagious and CAN NOT be spread from person to person.

What Causes Eczema in Children?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is thought to be due to the body’s over active immune system responding to some sort of allergic trigger.

Depending on how we study this question you might have a different answer, in other words if we look only at the symptoms we would say Eczema is caused when the babies body does not  produce enough ceramides. Ceramides are the fatty cells which help provide the barrier protection to the skin. If you don’t have enough of them, the skin will lose water and become very dry. However, if we look further we find that there are influences that cause the lack of production, specifically the imbalanced flora of intestinal bacteria health of the child, which is determined by a number of factors including the mother’s microflora. There is also a family history link as well.

The Mothers Microflora

baby-mother-floraThe composition of a child’s bacterial flora is dependent on the mother’s microflora, since she is the primary source for the child’s bacteria at the outset. “A healthy vagina is totally dominated by lactobacilli, or lactic acid bacteria. With a vaginal delivery the child will come into close contact with the mother’s bacteria. If the mother has a good flora of bacteria, the contact is an important help for the child to be able to be colonized by bacteria in the proper way. It can be assumed that certain hygiene measures, such as antibiotics given in some countries in connection with deliveries, in normal cases may have a deleterious effect, since the mother then is at risk to get a skewed bacteria flora, which she passes on to the child,” says Göran Molin, professor of food hygiene at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, who co-directed the study with Siv Ahrné, also a professor of food hygiene.

How Can We Balance Children’s Flora?

Friendly bacteria that is needed by the intestinal tract and digestive system can be added to the childs diet through Probiotics. In 2000 The Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy reported that infants given probiotic supplemented formulas had a significant improvement in atopic eczema skin conditions after 2 months when compared to those infants that were not supplemented with probiotics.

Probiotic, the Secret Weapon to Treat Eczema

What is Probiotics?

Probiotic is friendly bacteria and can come in the form of food or supplement. Probiotic in food is basically fermented foods like yogurt & sauerkraut. In addition to being found in foods, probiotics are available as supplements in capsule, tablet, powder, and liquid form.

Probiotic Scientific Evidence

In 2007 The Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy reported that infants that started priobiotics after birth had less incidence of eczema at the age of 2 when compared to infants that didn’t supplement with probiotics.

Also The Lancet, conducted a study in 2001 were they gave probiotics to pregnant women who had at least one first degree relative with atopic eczema.  At 2 years of age the frequency of atopic eczema was 50% less than the mothers that did not consume probiotics during pregnancy.

Remember the Facts

  • Remove toxins and balance the bacteria in the gut by supplementing with Probiotic
  • 70% of our immune system is found in our intestines.
  • When we have imbalances in bacteria we can see health conditions throughout our entire bodies.

How does imbalance in bacteria cause ‘leaky gut’?

Leaky gut syndrome occurs when the lining of the intestinal tract, which is typically tight and only allows a few selected small particles to pass through into the blood stream becomes “LEAKY” small holes.  This allows partially undigested food to enter into the blood stream. When this undigested food enters the blood stream it can cause an allergic response.  If this happens often enough the body begins to mount an allergic response not only against the undigested food but also against the body itself.  These repeated allergic responses may lead the body to over respond to certain triggers and this could result in conditions such as eczema.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is often times caused by an imbalance between good and bad bacteria.  Overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast can cause the cells of the intestinal tract to shrink leading to a LEAKY GUT.

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Tips To Avoid Eczema Outbreaks

Eczema outbreaks can usually be avoided or the severity lessened by following these simple tips.

  • Use a natural based moisturizer daily
  • Manage your temperature and be aware of sudden changes, including humidity
  • Sweat can lead to outbreaks
  • Stressing out because of work and life problems takes a toll on your health, roll with the punches and find ways to alleviate stress
  • Try not to wear clothing that causes irritation
  • Keep you skin free from strong soaps and solvents
  • Dodge allergy causing mold, pollen and dust mites
  • Gentle Detoxification using diet and juicing
  • Watch your diet! Reduce or completely remove processed sugars and high sugar content
  • No products with Corn Syrup

Keep in mind that flare ups can be in response to:

  • Contact with rough material
  • Substance and conditions
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Household products like cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, air spray
  • Colds and infections

Keep a log to help you manage your environment and discover irritants in your home. For expert help and advice ask Doctor Scott!

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