Taking fish oil during pregnancy 'protects babies from eczema'
Taking fish oils during pregnancy could protect your unborn baby from eczema, scientists say.
In tests, children whose mothers took omega 3 supplements were a third less likely to develop the dry skin condition.
Expectant mothers who take fish oils during pregnancy could protect their unborn babies from eczema, scientists claim
They were also 50 per cent less likely to develop an intolerance to eggs before their first birthdays.
The Australian scientists believe that omega 3 fatty acids passed on to via the placenta affect the unborn baby’s immune system which protects against eczema.
Researchers at Adelaide University studied 706 pregnant women with a family history of allergies.
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Half were given fish oil supplements to take three times a day from 21 weeks into the pregnancy until the birth. The others were given vegetable oil.
More research is needed to see if fish oils protect against asthma and hay fever, the British Medical Journal reported.
The Government advises pregnant women not to eat more than four portions of fish a week as high levels of mercury can be dangerous to the baby.