Food allergy and atopic dermatitis in infancy: an epidemiologic study
The connection between the gut and the skin is not well accepted, despite quite a bit of research actually supporting this link.
This study further supports the relationship with food allergy (which would be mediated via the GI tract) and eczema. My personal opinion is that, if you can address it very early, food allergies and eczema can be easily handled. As that baby gets older, the pathways of inflammation and allergy get “burned in” and resolution becomes more difficult. In addition to identifying food allergies, research also suggests the use of probiotics to add an additional protective barrier between our environment and the interior of our body.
Food allergy and atopic dermatitis in infancy: an epidemiologic study – Pediatric Allergy Immunology, Vol 15, Issue 5, pp. 421-427 –