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The relationship between infant feeding practices and diarrhoeal infections.
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PMID:  10210471     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To determine the relationship between infant feeding practices and diarrhoeal infections, a descriptive survey was conducted on infants aged between 6 and 12 months of age. A guided interview was conducted with 105 mothers of infants who attended the health facilities of Mbabane, Swaziland. The results showed that breast feeding was routinely practised by the majority of mothers, although exclusive breast feeding was very low. Supplementary feeds in the form of formula or solids were introduced by the majority of respondents within the first 3 months of life. Infants who were given colostrum and breast milk had fewer diarrhoeal attacks. Other factors, for example education and cultural factors, influenced the feeding practices and number of diarrhoeal attacks. It is recommended that breast feeding should be promoted as an important intervention in the control of diarrhoea.
I S Ziyane
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-11     Completed Date:  1999-06-11     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  721-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Faculty of Health Sciences (Midwifery Department), University of Swaziland, Mbabane, Southern Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Diarrhea / epidemiology*,  nursing,  prevention & control
Health Services / utilization
Infant Food
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Socioeconomic Factors
Swaziland / epidemiology

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