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Acta Paediatr Suppl. 2005 Oct;94(449):120-4.

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

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Department of Paediatrics, Ospedale Infantile Regina Margherita, University of Turin, Turin, Italy. francesco.savino@unito.it

Abstract

A study was carried out on 168 full-term infants with digestive problems such as regurgitation and/or constipation to evaluate the efficacy of new infant formulas containing partially hydrolysed whey protein, modified vegetable oil with a high beta-palmitic acid content, prebiotic oligosaccharides and starch. Infants receiving the new formulas had an increase in stool frequency of 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 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; p=0.012) and 1.31 (95% CI 0.42-2.21; p=0.005) between day 7 and day 14.

CONCLUSION:

A prebiotic mixture of galacto-/fructo-oligosaccharides with a high beta-palmitic acid content may reduce digestive problems and improve intestinal tolerance in infants during the first months of life.

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