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Minerva Pediatrica 2000 May-June;52(5-6):289-302

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Food hypersensitivity in early infancy. Prophylaxis and diet therapy

Vigi V., Fanaro S.


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The incidence of allergic diseases appears to be on the increase in industrialized societies. In infants at high risk for atopic diseases prevention in early life seems to be a high priority at this time. However, many questions remain to be answered because, in the absence of breast feeding which should be encouraged in all infants, substitute formula employed for prevention should guarantee the following requisites: optimal nutrition, reduced allergenicity or better hypoallergenicity, good palatability and low cost. Current concepts in the field of prophylaxis and diet therapy of food allergy are reviewed. Special emphasis is given to the biochemical, nutritional and antigenic properties of the different formulas employed in the management of these conditions.

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