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Breast Fed Infants Do Not Bed Wet In Childhood

by Medindia Content Team on July 5, 2006 at 9:57 AM
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Breast Fed Infants Do Not Bed Wet In Childhood

Researchers from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey have reported that breast fed infants are less likely to indulge in bed wetting as children since they seem to have a developmental edge.

"There is biological plausibility in inferring that breast-feeding protects against bed-wetting and our results show a strong statistical association," the researchers said. They added that there was sufficient evidence that bed-wetting can "result from delayed neurodevelopment."

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The researchers examined 55 children who were recognized bed-wetters at ages 5 to 13. Around 117 children of the same age who did not have this problem were used as control group. The study found that 45 percent of bed wetters had been breast-fed as compared to 81 percent of non-bed wetters.

Breast-feeding is vital for children since some fatty acids contained in breast milk play a key role in brain development. The details of the study are published in the July issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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