Beltsville, MD, October 2011 – Should childhood eczema be recognized as an epidemic? Recent statistics show that one in ten children develop symptoms of eczema before the age of five. Understandably, this is alarming news for parents. October is National Eczema Awareness Month and Vidazorb® Chewable Probiotics wants parents to know that probiotics may help in their struggle with eczema.
The obvious symptoms that accompany eczema are difficult for children and parents to contend with. The children are miserable while the parents are left feeling helpless and confused by their child’s affliction. Fortunately, recent studies show that regular use of probiotic supplements like chewable Vidazorb® may be a key to relief of eczema.
Eczema is not an allergy in itself; it is the body’s response to allergens such as food, fabric, grass, pollen and many other environmental factors. These allergens trigger the skin’s response of incessant itching, hives and welts. Medical treatment often includes oral or topical steroids, which can be harsh for a young child and can actually worsen the situation.
Intolerable itching can lead children to scratching themselves until their skin is red with sores, sometimes to the point of bleeding. Even though eczema is not contagious, the unsightly nature of the breakout can lead to alienation from other children and their parents.
“Our four year old son suffered from such bad eczema and food allergies that we had to tape his pajamas to his wrists and ankles to keep him from scratching himself all night. His skin looked so awful that we couldn’t even take him to the community swimming pool because of the reaction of others,” says Lynn Stone.
The Stone family visited a number of specialists and one even prescribed the powerful corticosteroid drug, Prednisone, to treat their son, Ethan. Even then his eczema continued to worsen and he developed such severe food allergies that, at one time, all he could eat was unseasoned chicken, peas or rice with no two in combination. It was then that the family doctor told Lynn that “modern medicine has failed your son.” Desperate, about to give up all hope, the Stones finally decided to try Vidazorb®. After only a few days of taking Vidazorb® BellyBoost™, Ethan’s symptoms diminished dramatically. In a few weeks time, he was back on the track to a normal diet. Though not all cases are as dramatic as Ethan’s, many parents may be able to lessen the severity of their child’s eczema by providing them safe, enjoyable and effective chewable Vidazorb®.
Probiotics are desirable microorganisms that, when ingested in adequate amounts, have repeatedly been found to maintain aid good health in children. Vidazorb® Belly Boost™ chewable probiotic formulation may be just what both parents and children are looking for in their solution for eczema. The Chr. Hansen probiotic strains used in Vidazorb® have been found to be beneficial to participants in numerous clinical studies. Results from recent studies also indicate that certain probiotic strains may be effective in helping to lessen the severity of eczema symptoms.
The results of a study conducted in Finland indicate that probiotics may offset inflammatory responses in places of the body other than the gut, such as eczema on the skin. Half of the infants in this study received formula supplemented with probiotic strains, including Chr. Hansens’ Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12®, to measure the impact, if any, on the eczema. The other half received formula without the probiotic supplement. The results showed that, if they already suffered from eczema, those taking the fortified formula had fewer incidents of eczema and showed greater improvement if they already suffered from the condition over the infants who received the regular formula.
Another study, published in the Journal of Allergy, provided evidence that taking effective probiotic supplements while pregnant helped limit the incidence of eczema or lessened the severity and duration of attacks in children. The study included 150 pregnant women who were split into two groups and given either a probiotic (Chr. Hansen’s Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG) or a placebo during the last six weeks of pregnancy. Once these women gave birth, their children were monitored. Those children whose mothers had received probiotic formulations received an additional twelve months of probiotics themselves, while the children born to the mothers in the placebo group continued to receive a placebo. The rate of eczema experienced by the children taking the probiotic supplement was less than half of the placebo group. Even after two years and without further supplementation, the rate of eczema in the probiotic group was still significantly less than in the placebo group.
Since the benefits of probiotic supplements are both strain and dose specific, the two important considerations for parents when choosing a probiotic for their children are the specific bacterial strains used the in the formulation and the quantity of those strains per dose. Vidazorb® Belly Boost™ uses only Chr. Hansen’s clinically substantiated probiotics. Two of the strains are used in BellyBoost™: Bifidobacterium BB-12® and S. thermophilus TH-4®. These two strains have been clinically found to be especially effective for children and each tablet of Belly Boost™ contains billions CFUs, or colony forming units.
Many parents find that Belly Boost™ brings relief to their children and peace of mind to themselves. “Nothing helped my son until we started him on Vidazorb® Belly Boost™ and within a few days we noticed a difference. I honestly didn’t think anything of it until we ran out once and I had to substitute another brand in for it. The eczema came right back so I ordered my supply of Belly Boost™ as soon as I could,” says Danielle Smith, whose son suffers from eczema.
Lynn Stone saw an improvement in her son’s condition after just a few days of taking the daily-recommended dose of Belly Boost™ and notes that his eczema symptoms were gone after three months. “We never heard the word ‘probiotics’ from a medical professional,” she says. “I thought we were out of options. I’m so grateful I found Belly Boost™. ”
Vidazorb® represents the development of superior shelf-stable, chewable probiotic formulations to provide essential support for core health needs. Research and development, together with a commitment to quality and efficacy, defines Vidazorb® as a brand of integrity and excellence. For more information, visit www.Vidazorb.com. For engaging, kid-friendly probiotic information, visit www.Zorbee.com. To learn more about the importance of, and science supporting, probiotics, visit www.YouAreWhatYouAbsorb.com. Vidazorb® can be purchased online at vidazorb.com and drugstore.com.
Osborn DA, Sinn JK (2007) Probiotics in infants for prevention of allergic disease and food hypersensitivity. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 4:CDoo6475