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Medical News & Perspectives
February 13, 2008

Report Assesses Effects of Early Nutrition Options on Atopic Diseases

JAMA. 2008;299(6):621. doi:10.1001/jama.299.6.621

Breastfeeding for at least 4 months may help prevent atopic disease in high-risk infants, but there is little evidence that delaying the introduction of specific foods is necessary. Those are the conclusions of a new clinical report on the effects of early nutritional interventions on the development of such atopic diseases as asthma, food allergy, and atopic dermatitis in infants and children. The report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, determined the potential roles of maternal dietary restriction, breastfeeding, timing of introduction of complementary foods, and hydrolyzed formulas (Greer FR et al. Pediatrics. 2008;121[1]:183-191).