Eczema in infants linked to composition of gut bacteria
7 February 2013
Infants with eczema have a more diverse set of bacteria in
their guts and the types of
bacteria present are also more typical of adult gut microbes than
for those without eczema, finds a study in BioMed Central’s open
access journal BMC Microbiology .
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.
1. Nylund L, et al. Microarray analysis reveals marked intestinal microbiota aberrancy in infants having eczema compared to healthy children in at-risk for atopic disease. BMC Microbiology, 2013, 13:12 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-13-12. www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2180/13/12