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More study is needed to determine whether the benefits of these extensively or partially hydrolyzed formulas for allergic disease prevention extend into later childhood and adolescence. There is "no convincing evidence" that soy-based formulas help prevent allergic disease in high- risk children.
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"If there is a family history of allergy problems, it is clear that moms should breastfeed exclusively for at least four months," study co-author Scott H. Sicherer, MD, tells WebMD. "If that isn't possible and a formula is needed, don't pick a typical soy formula." Long-Term Impact Unknown The new guidelines apply only to babies with a high risk of developing allergic disease, not those who already have asthma, food allergies, or eczema, Sicherer points out. The authors conclude that more research is needed to document the long-term effect of dietary interventions in infancy for preventing allergic disease after early childhood. Sicherer says doing away with the recommendation to delay the introduction of certain foods will probably have little practical impact because few parents were following them. An associate professor of pediatrics at New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sicherer says the food restriction guideline may have even made the parents of children with allergic diseases feel responsible. "Moms who think they caused their child's milk allergy or egg allergy by introducing these foods too soon can relax," he says. "We don't have the evidence to put moms on a guilt trip." Role of breast feeding in primary prevention of asthma and allergic diseases in a traditional society. Bener A , Ehlayel MS , Alsowaidi S , Sabbah A . Source Dept. of Medical Statistics & Epidemiology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar. [email protected] Abstract BACKGROUND: The fact that breastfeeding may protect against allergic diseases remains controversial, with hardly any reports from developing countries. Prolonged breastfeeding was shown to reduce the risk of allergic and respiratory diseases. AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between breastfeeding and the development of childhood asthma and allergic diseases in Qatari children at age 0-5 years. Additionally, this study investigated the effect of prolonged breastfeeding on the allergic diseases in a developing country. DESIGN: This is a cross sectional survey. SETTING: Well baby clinics and Pediatric clinics in the 11 Primary Health Care Centers and Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, State of Qatar.
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