Study: soy milk may not be necessary for allergic babies

May 5, 2008 3:30:39 PM PDT
American Academy of Pediatrics says trials haven't found any benefits for babies

A lot of mothers switch their babies to soy milk because of possible allergies. But a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics says they mostly aren't necessary.

Soy protein based infant formulas make up as much as 25% of the market. The study finds these formulas are considered acceptable nutrition for healthy, full term babies but may not be necessary for the various health conditions people use them for.

Controlled trials haven't found any benefits for colicky babies and researchers say they don't appear to help prevent eczema or allergies.

Also, the study found about ten to fourteen percent of babies who are allergic to cow's milk will also be allergic to soy.


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