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"Good bacteria" during pregnancy may ward off eczema

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Babies were less likely to get an itchy skin rash when their mothers took probiotics during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, in a new study from Finland.

Known as eczema, the rash is caused by an allergic reaction and hints at future problems with allergies and asthma.

Researchers said it's possible that probiotics - which are thought to help balance bacteria populations in the gut and prevent disease-causing strains from spreading - may influence babies' health through immune cells that cross the placenta and later are passed in breast milk.

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