Dietary modulation of maternal gut flora with oligosaccharides in pregnancy as a novel allergy prevention strategy
Telethon Kids Institute
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
To determine whether maternal prebiotic supplementation during pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce the development of eczema in babies.
Prebiotics are a type of fibre that occur naturally in foods such as whole grains, vegetables and legumes. They are called ‘prebiotics’ because they are digested by gut bacteria, but are different from ‘probiotics’ which are the actual ‘friendly bacteria’. Participating women will be asked to consume a prebiotic or placebo powder daily, from mid-pregnancy until their baby is 6 months old.
Pregnant women, less than 21 weeks gestation, whose baby-to-be has a mother, father or sibling with a history of medically diagnosed allergic disease (asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema and/or food allergy).
Recruitment ongoing, through March 2021.
Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: https://www.australianclinicaltrials.gov.au/anzctr/trial/ACTRN12615001075572
Study contact: [email protected]