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Eczema in Infants Linked to Gut Bacteria

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Children with eczema have a more diverse set of bacteria in their guts than non affected children, finds a new study in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Microbiology. The types of bacteria present were also more typical of adult gut microbes than for toddlers without eczema.

Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the epidermis. The gut bacteria of children with or without eczema was examined when they were six and 18 months old. At six months all the infants had the same types of bacteria but by 18 months old the children with eczema had more of a type of bacteria normally associated with adults (Clostridium clusters IV and XIVa) while the healthy children had a greater amount of Bacteroidetes.

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  1. This is very interesting to me because we have been battling my daughter's eczema since she was born. However, I'm not sure what to make of this article. I would think having a more diverse microbiome in the gut would be a good thing but it apparently is a large factor in infants having eczema. It's hard to tell if this article is saying this is bad (especially since they label no eczema children as "healthy") or this is just a fact and that it's not good or bad. Interesting stuff. Also seems to imply that diet could be used to affect change in their gut bacteria. Look forward to hearing more.

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