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FRelation between early introduction ofsolid food to infants and their weight and illnesses during the first two years oflife

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dc.contributor.author Forsyth, J.S.
dc.contributor.author Egston, S.A.
dc.contributor.author CIark, A.
dc.contributor.author Florey, CV.
dc.contributor.author Howie, P.W.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-22T10:51:31Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-22T10:51:31Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/567
dc.description.abstract Objective-To assess the relations between early introduction of solid food and infant weight, gastrointestinal illness, and allergic irnesses during the first two years oflife. Design-Prospective observational study of infants followed up for 24 months after birth. Setting-Community setting in Dundee. Patients-671 newborn infants, of whom 455 were still available for study at 2 years ofage. Main outcome measures-Infants' diet, weight, and incidence of gastrointestinal illness, respiratory illness, napkin dermatitis, and eczema at 2 weeks and 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24 months ofage. Results-The infants given solid food at an early age (at <8 weeks or 8-12 weeks) were heavier than those introduced to solids later (after 12 weeks) at 4, 8, 13, and 26 weeks of age (p < 001) but not at 52 and 104 weeks. At their first solid feed those given solids early were heavier than infants of similar age who had not yet received solids. The incidence of gastrointestinal illness, wheeze, and nappy dermatitis was not related to early introduction of solids. There was a significant but less than twofold increase in respiratory illness at 14-26 weeks of age and persistent cough at 14-26 and 27-39 weeks of age among the infants given solids early. The incidence of eczema was increased in the infants who received solids at 8-12 weeks ofage. Conclusion-Early introduction of solid food to infants is less harmful than was previously reported. Longer follow up is needed, but, meanwhile, a more relaxed approach to early feeding with solids should be considered. en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher BMJ en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ 1993;306:1572-6
dc.subject gastrointestinal illness en_GB
dc.subject allergic irnesses en_GB
dc.title FRelation between early introduction ofsolid food to infants and their weight and illnesses during the first two years oflife en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB


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