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Advances in the management of digestive problems during the first months of life.

By SAVINO F, MACCARIO S, CASTAGNO E, CRESI F, CAVALLO F, DALMASSO P, FANARO S., OGGERO R and SILVESTRO L.

Abstract

A study was carried out on 168 full-term infants with digestive problems such as regurgitation and/or constipation to evaluate\ud the efficacy of new infant formulas containing partially hydrolysed whey protein, modified vegetable oil with a high b-palmitic\ud acid content, prebiotic oligosaccharides and starch. Infants receiving the new formulas had an increase in stool frequency of\ud 0.60 between day 1 and day 7 (95% CI 0.19–1.01; p=0.004) and 0.53 (95% CI 0.11–0.90; p=0.015) between day 7 and day\ud 14. A reduction of 1.06 in the number of regurgitation episodes was reported between day 1 and day 7 (95% CI 0.24–1.88;\ud p=0.012) and 1.31 (95% CI 0.42–2.21; p=0.005) between day 7 and day 14.\ud Conclusion: A prebiotic mixture of galacto-/fructo-oligosaccharides with a high b-palmitic acid content may reduce digestive\ud problems and improve intestinal tolerance in infants during the first months of life

Topics: Constipation, Milk formula, prebiotics, regurgitation, stool frequency
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1080/08035320510043673
OAI identifier: oai:iris.unife.it:11392/1202022
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