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Are infant behavioural feeding difficulties associated with congenital heart disease?
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PMID:  11136341     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To compare the feeding patterns and difficulties of infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) and healthy controls. Information was gathered via parental questionnaires. METHODS: A matched case controlled study of 64 infants with CHD compared with 64 healthy controls. RESULTS: The main findings were: (1) Feeding patterns: mothers with infants with CHD used bottle-feeding as a first method of feeding their babies more often (CHD, 20%, controls, 2%); (2) Specific feeding difficulties: (a) infants with CHD were significantly more breathless when feeding (CHD = 16%, controls, 0%), (b) had more vomiting at mealtimes (CHD = 23%, controls = 11%), but (c) had significantly less spitting (CHD = 19%, controls, 41%); and (3) infants with CHD showed significantly reduced growth. CONCLUSIONS: The feeding difficulties are related to the organic condition and not specific difficulties in mother-infant interaction. Professional support may be required for mothers of infants with CHD to maintain feeding routines and to deal with the difficulties that arise.
C Clemente; J Barnes; E Shinebourne; A Stein
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child: care, health and development     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0305-1862     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Care Health Dev     Publication Date:  2001 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-29     Completed Date:  2001-02-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7602632     Medline TA:  Child Care Health Dev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
Leopold Muller Centre, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Case-Control Studies
Feeding Behavior*
Heart Defects, Congenital*

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