A systematic review and meta-analysis, points to reductions in allergy and eczema risks in infants and toddlers.
Data from over 400 studies which involved over 1 million people was utilized in this review and meta-analysis. Fish Oil supplements were taken by pregnant women beginning in the 20th week of pregnancy up until either the 3rd or 4th month of breastfeeding. Researchers found a 31% reduction in egg allergy in the infants by the time they reached 1 year old. A 38% reduction in peanut allergies was also seen in the group supplementing with Fish Oil. Participants supplementing Probiotics saw a 22% reduction in their children’s risk of developing atopic Eczema by the time they reached 4 years of age. Probiotic supplementation began around 36 to 38 weeks into the gestation cycle and lasted between 3 to 6 months of the breastfeeding cycle.
Avoidance of allergenic foods by the mother had no effect on a child’s risk of developing an allergy or an autoimmune disease. Additionally beginning Fish Oil supplementation only during the breast feeding period had only a non-significant effect on reductions in egg allergies in offspring when compared to supplementation which began during pregnancy and lasted throughout the breast feeding period. Probiotic supplements studied included the species Lactobacillus rhamnosus and doses found to be effective varied from between 1 and 10 billion Organism.
Further studies are needed.
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