Infancy & Allergies

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Allergies among kids seem to be more prevalent than previous generations.  There are many reasons and theories of why this is.  Our bodies allergic response is tied to our overall immune system.

A group of researchers looked at probiotic supplementation as a way to modulate the immune system to reduce allergic response.  Sixty one children were given either the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri or placebo from birth to 24 months. 

Blood samples were also collected at birth and every six months.  The results showed that the group receiving Lactobacillus reuteri had decreased allergen response and that it may enhance the immune system.

Clin Exp Allergy. 2013

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