May 2016

Synbiotics Reduce Eczema in Children

New clinical research shows that taking synbiotics, a combination of probiotics and prebiotics, and particularly using mixed strains of bacteria, can help treat eczema in children after 8 weeks of treatment. However, it is not clear if synbiotics will help prevent this skin condition. Also, while synbiotics appear to be more beneficial than probiotics, prebiotics alone might offer similar benefits. Additional research is needed to further evaluate the effects of specific probiotic strains and types of prebiotics.


  1. Chang YS, Trivedi MK, Jha A, et al. Synbiotics for Prevention and Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Mar 1;170(3):236-42.

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