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Asia Pac Allergy. 2011 Apr;1(1):30-5. doi: 10.5415/apallergy.2011.1.1.30. Epub 2011 Apr 26.

Prolonged bedtime bottle feeding and respiratory symptoms in infants.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Infants with chronic respiratory symptoms should be evaluated thoroughly because there are various causes which are different from those of children and adolescents.

OBJECTIVE:

This study was designed to investigate the relationship between chronic respiratory symptoms and bedtime bottle feeding in infants after the age of 6 months.

METHODS:

We conducted a prospective study that included 44 infants who presented with respiratory symptoms for more than 8 weeks and also had been bottle-fed during bedtime even after 6 months of age. The infants were divided into 2 groups; infants who discontinued bedtime bottle feeding and those who did not. Respiratory symptom scores were graded with a four-point scale at 0, 1, 2 and 3 months, and were compared between the 2 groups.

RESULTS:

Twenty eight infants (63.6%) stopped being bottle-fed during bedtime and 16 infants (36.4%) were still bottle-fed. The respiratory symptom scores were significantly decreased in infants who stopped bedtime bottle feeding (p = 0.0003).

CONCLUSION:

It is suggested that prolonged bedtime bottle feeding might be one of the causes of chronic respiratory symptoms in infants.

KEYWORDS:

Bottle feeding; Feeding methods; Infants

PMID:
22053294
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PMCID:
PMC3206237
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