Does Your Baby Have Allergies?

Suzanne Murray

A new study shows that giving your baby probiotics, a type of good bacteria, in the first 6 months of life will not reduce his risk of developing allergies when he gets a little bigger. But the researchers say that other strains of probiotics might be helpful in allergy prevention.

The researchers gave 178 babies either the good bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus or a placebo every day for the first 6 months of their lives. When the babies turned 1, the children who had been given the good bacteria were actually more likely to develop sensitivity to allergens.

However, when the children were 2-and-a-half years old, there was no difference between the probiotic group and the placebo group in the likelihood of developing rashes or other allergic conditions, and the children who had taken the probiotic were no longer more likely to develop allergen sensitivity.

Does your baby have allergies?

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