Navigation Links
Breast-Feeding Won't Prevent Kids' Eczema, Researchers Say

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Exclusive breast-feeding of infants for four months or longer does not protect them against developing the itchy skin disorder known as eczema in childhood, new research shows.

In exclusive breast-feeding, an infant receives only breast milk, with no additional food or drink, according to the World Health Organization. Exclusive breast-feeding up to 6 months of age is recommended by a number of agencies, including the WHO and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But until now, little has been known about how prolonged exclusive breast-feeding affects eczema risk in children.

Researchers examined data from 51,119 children aged 8 to 12 years in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and found that those who were exclusively breast-fed for four months or longer were as likely to develop eczema as those who were breast-fed for a shorter length of time.

The study, which was led by researchers at King's College London in the United Kingdom, is published in the current online edition of the British Journal of Dermatology.

While prolonged exclusive breast-feeding may not reduce the risk of eczema, there is no question that breast-feeding offers many other health benefits to infants, the researchers emphasized.

"It is widely accepted that breast milk is the most important and appropriate nutrition in early life. Especially in the context of developing countries it is also important to keep in mind that exclusive breast-feeding reduces the risk of gastrointestinal infections compared to mixed or bottle feeding. Our study does not change this notion," Dr. Carsten Flohr, of King's College London, said in a college news release.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about eczema in children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: King's College London, news release, Aug. 23, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Support for Breast-Feeding Found Lacking in Many U.S. Hospitals
2. Breast-feeding for 6 Months or More Protects Against Asthma
3. Breast-Feeding May Not Protect Moms Against MS Relapse
4. Breast-feeding May Shield Against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
5. Breast-Feeding May Help Quell Behavior Problems
6. Breast-feeding May Influence Long-Term Health: Study
7. Longer Breast-Feeding May Be Key to Bigger Brains
8. Breast-Feeding May Cut Obesity Risk in Kids of Diabetic Moms
9. Breast-Feeding May Counter Some Effects of Childhood Cancer
10. Breast-Feeding Wont Rob Mom of Sleep: Study
11. Breast-Feeding Less Common for Black Moms
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Breast-Feeding Won't Prevent Kids' Eczema, Researchers Say
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan ... require a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial ... Plant City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the ... closing for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern ... Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He ... Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter of indulgence ... high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set the bar ... from reveals that behind the tendency to set low expectations is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 The vast majority of ... dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a week, ... visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait time. ... especially grueling for patients who are elderly and frail.  ... nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of time. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... FRANKLIN, Tenn. , June 23, 2016 ... for automating, integrating and transforming the patient ... launch of several innovative new products and ... depth of its revenue cycle offerings. These ... establish more efficient workflows, remain compliant in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) ... health policy research organization as its newest member.  ... senior vice president and chief scientific officer, Mallinckrodt ... the NPC Board of Directors. ... has joined us in support of our efforts ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: