Probiotic and prebiotic supplements preventing eczema in infants
Using data covering over 2,000 infants and 12 studies, Australian researchers reported that probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and the prebiotics GOS and FOS showed benefits for a range of allergic diseases and food reactions. The probiotics were generally consumed by the mother towards the end of pregnancy and when breastfeeding, or added to formula for the first six months.
Reference: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. "Prebiotics in infants for prevention of allergic disease and food hypersensitivity" Authors: D.A. Osborn, J.K. Sinn