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A low allergen diet may help breastfeeding mothers with colicky babies

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7533.0-e (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-e

Research question Does a maternal diet low in allergens calm breastfed babies with colic?

Answer In a randomised trial, babies whose mothers ate a low allergen diet cried less than babies whose mothers ate wheat, peanuts, soy, and dairy products.

Why did the authors do the study? Infantile colic is common and can be distressing and exhausting for new mothers. There's some evidence that maternal diet might be to blame for some cases in breastfed infants. These authors wanted to test this theory formally in a prospective randomised trial. They particularly wanted to focus on the role of dietary allergens such as wheat and dairy products.

What did they do? They recruited 107 healthy breastfeeding women whose babies had …

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