Posted by: Indonesian Children | June 29, 2009

Probiotics Prevent IgE Associated Allergy Until Age 5 In Cesarean Delivered Children But Not In Total Cohort

According to a recent study from the University and the University Central Hospital of Helsinki, Finland, no allergy-preventive effect is extended to age 5 years by perinatal supplementation with probiotics in babies at risk for developing allergies; protection is conferred only to Cesarean section babies

Childhood allergies have increased significantly in industrialized countries during the past few decades. Researchers theorize that this rising incidence is the result of a lowered exposure to bacteria in early childhood. This exposure to microbes appears to be essential in jump-starting the immune system to develop healthy pathways that do not result in allergic conditions.

Additionally, it’s been observed that infants who develop allergies have intestinal bacteria that are distinctly different from those of non-allergic infants, suggesting that the type of intestinal microflora is an important factor in forming allergic conditions.

In a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (online January 2009) researchers from the University and University Central Hospital of Helsinki conducted a clinical trial of more than 1200 mothers whose infants would be at high risk to develop allergies. During the last month of their pregnancies, the mothers took daily doses of a probiotic mixture or a placebo, and their infants were given the same probiotic mixture plus a prebiotic or a placebo for the first 6 months of their lives. The children were followed for 5 years and evaluated for incidence of allergic diseases.

The authors found that the frequencies of allergic and IgE-associated allergic disease and sensitization were similar in the children who had received probiotic and those who’d gotten placebo. Although there appeared to be a preventive effect at age 2, there was none noted at age 5. Interestingly, in babies born by cesarean section, the researchers found less IgE-associated allergic disease in those who had received the probiotic.

“No allergy-preventive effect is extended to age 5 years by perinatal supplementation with probiotics in babies at risk for developing allergies; protection is conferred only to C-section babies”, says Dr. Mikael Kuitunen from the University Central Hospital of Helsinki. “However, it is possible that stronger and longer stimulation of the infant immune system possibly by varying the strains of bacteria, may result in better allergy-preventive effects.”

 

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  1. Thanks for sharing this information. Eczema is a horrible condition and it makes me so sad to hear about others who are suffering. Our little boy who was only 8 months old at the time, was put on all kinds of prescription meds by his allergist because of severe Eczema. We trusted him. We thought he knew what he was doing. One of the meds was oral steroids which he continued to increase for two years because our son was miserable. After this long on steroids his body became steroid dependent and we knew then that “enough was enough”. He was NOT getting better, but was in fact, looking and feeling worse by the day. We took him to an endocrinologist who helped us wean him off successfully (thank God), but we felt very alone in our mission to finding natural and safe ways to heal him. Finally we put him on Vidazorb probiotics, and wouldn’t you know it- he began getting better! It wasn’t long before he was eating all kinds of foods that we never imagined possible, and also started to clear up! This was an answer to prayer! He is now a healthy and happy boy with only minimal signs of Eczema. I am now on a mommy mission to share our story in hopes of it helping other little ones who are suffering. Caroline


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