Breakthrough New Research For Eczema
We have written on this subject before but now new research published in the British Journal of Dermatology has found that babies have a lower risk of developing atopic eczema in their first year IF their mothers take a Vitamin D supplement.
If a parent already suffers from eczema, the risk of a child developing the condition is increased. The risk increases if the mother is affected and increased further if both parents or a sibling have eczema.
More about what researchers found
There has been such a rise in eczema in children over recent decades that it is now estimated to affect one in six children aged one to five.
While no antenatal intervention has been proven to reduce infantile atopic eczema incidence in the general population, having low vitamin D levels are thought to be very relevant. Observational studies had led to speculation that vitamin D supplementation could be beneficial, but up to now, evidence has been inconsistent.
So for the new study, researchers used data on more than 700 women from the UK Maternal Vitamin D Osteoporosis Study - a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pregnant women allocated to take supplements of 1000 IU/day vitamin D from around 14 weeks' gestation until they gave birth, versus those allocated to a matched placebo.
After adjusting for breastfeeding duration, which was longer in the intervention group, the odds ratio of atopic eczema at age 12 months was significantly reduced among infants of the mothers who took active supplements.
According to the researchers, the study is the first randomised, controlled trial to show evidence of reduced risk of atopic eczema in infants of mothers who took vitamin D supplements during pregnancy.
Vitamin D deficiency is common
The MAVIDOS study team have pointed out that vitamin D insufficiency is common – affecting 30% of women in a recent Southampton cohort – and in pregnancy predicts reduced bone bass in the offspring. The team also recently reported that antenatal vitamin D supplementation had lasting benefits for the children's bone density at four years old.
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Eczema in pregnancy http://www.bmj.com/content/335/7611/152.full
Reducing risk of eczema in new born babies http://www.nottinghameczema.org.uk/documents/reducing‐risk‐of‐ eczema‐in‐new‐born‐babies‐17reduc0113.pdf