Does maternal diet, breastfeeding and the timing of the introduction of solid diet impact upon the development of atopic disease in infants and children?
A review by the American Academy of Pediatrics of the evidence about the development of atopic disease (atopic dermatitis, asthma, food allergy) in early life related to the diet of babies, and of mothers during pregnancy and lactation.
Longer breastfeeding linked to reduced atopic dermatitis and asthma
Research from Germany suggests that longer duration of breastfeeding decreases the risk of allergies in early childhood, especially in children of mothers without a family history, and proposes a mechanism which may explain the protective effect.
Exclusive breastfeeding leads to reduction in asthma and atopy
An investigation among 2,195 children followed up to age 6 years concludes that less exclusive breastfeeding leads to increases in child asthma and atopy.
Review concludes that breastfeeding protects against allergic disease
A recent review concludes that breastfeeding protects against allergic disease.
Breastfeeding reduces risk of five types of allergic disease
Children exclusively breastfed for months or more exhibited less asthma, less atopic dermatitis and less suspected allergic rhinitis by 2 years of age.
Breastfeeding reduces the incidence of allergic disease in childhood and adolescence
A total of 150 children were studied up to the age of 17 years to determine the effect on atopic disease of breastfeeding.
Early diet of preterm infants and development of allergic or atopic disease
The use of human milk was associated with a significantly-reduced incidence of allergic disease, particularly eczema at 18 months in those with a family history of atopic disease.
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