Vitamin B Levels in Pregnant Mothers May Contribute to Childhood Eczema
It is only human for us to worry about how our own health can affect our children. For first-time pregnancies, this fear can be almost overwhelming. The amount of information (much of it false) that society throws at expectant mothers is frankly insane. Eat this, don’t eat that, do this exercise, don’t do that—it can be hard to keep up! But here’s a bit of information might be of interest to eczema sufferers who are planning on having children.
We found this article discussing the possibility that high levels of a certain kind of vitamin B during a pregnancy can lower the risk of eczema developing in newborns at 12 months.
This study has found that there may be a link between a form of vitamin B3, also known as nicotinamide, and the risk of atopic eczema developing in a child. Nicotinamide is related to the body’s immune responses and metabolism, and has been used in eczema treatment creams in the past. It plays a huge role in the elasticity, moisture, and general health of the skin. It can be found in meats like fish, beef, and chicken, in nuts, mushrooms, and even coffee.
In the study, which was published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy, the level of nicotinamide was measured in the pregnancies of almost 500 women. The rate of eczema in the resulting children was then measured from a period of 6 to 12 months. The results were quite startling, as the children of mothers with a high level of nicotinamide were 30% less likely to develop eczema at the age of 12 months. This isn’t a “silver bullet” for worried parents, as eczema can still develop. It just seems to reduce the odds.
Keep in mind that this is a very recent study that is the first of its kind and can’t be considered a treatment for eczema. Eczema in babies and toddlers will continue to be a problem for the near-future. Much more research needs to be done before any tangible medical benefits are found. But it is extremely heartening that more pieces of the puzzle are falling into place with every reputable scientific study. Someday, eczema might just be a bad dream of the past. For now, however, all we can do is eat as healthy as possible, monitor our triggers, and treat the eczema symptoms as they come.
ScienceDaily. "Vitamin B levels during pregnancy linked to eczema risk in child.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 September 2016. Web. 23 September 2016.