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Throat microflora in breastfed and formula-fed infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9009555     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Most bacterial infections are caused by organisms that are already colonizing the host, and these infections commonly originate at site of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. However, little attention has been focused on the indigenous microflora of the respiratory tract in the infant. We studied the throat microflora of healthy breastfed and formula-fed infants. The incidence of pathogenic bacterial isolation from breastfed infants (1 out of 23) was lower relative to infants fed formula (5 out 14). The dominant bacteria in the throat flora isolated in both breastfed and formula-fed infants were alpha-haemolytic Streptococcus and gamma Streptococcus. These results suggest that breastmilk may be effcacious in preventing the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the throat.
T Hokama; I Hamamoto; S Takenaka; K Hirayama; A Yara; A Adjei
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of tropical pediatrics     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0142-6338     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Trop. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-21     Completed Date:  1997-03-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8010948     Medline TA:  J Trop Pediatr     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  324-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Maternal & Child Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteria / isolation & purification*
Bottle Feeding*
Breast Feeding*
Infant Food*
Infant, Newborn
Milk, Human / immunology
Pharynx / microbiology*

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