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Probiotics in infants for prevention of allergy and food hypersensitivity

  • Protocol
  • Intervention

Authors

  • JK Sinn,

  • DA Osborn


Dr John Sinn, Staff Specialist, Neonatal Unit, Westmead Hospital, Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, New South Wales, 2145, AUSTRALIA. jsinn@med.usyd.edu.au.

Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To determine the effect of probiotics given to infants for the prevention of allergy or food hypersensitivity. Secondary objectives are:

  • to determine the effect of specific strains of probiotics;

  • to determine the effect of probiotics in 1) breast fed infants, 2) human milk fed infants, and 3) formula fed infants;

  • to determine the effect of probiotics used for 1) early / short term infant feeding, and 2) prolonged infant feeding;

  • to determine the effect of probiotics in 1) infants not selected for risk of allergy or food hypersensitivity, or at low risk, and 2) in infants at high risk of allergy or food hypersensitivity;

  • to determine the effect of probiotics given to 1) low birth weight or preterm infants, and 2) appropriate for gestation age term infants, and

  • to determine the effect of probiotics with added prebiotics ('symbiotics') for the prevention of allergy and food hypersensitivity.