Eczema Prevention: Could Early Weaning Help to Prevent Atopic Dermatitis in Infants?
Any expecting parent who is familiar with eczema in infants might be
wondering about how the itchy, scratchy condition might be avoided. A recent
study has looked at breastfeeding practices to see if there might be a link
between infant feeding and atopic dermatitis.
In the study, early weaning was defined as the introduction of solid foods at 4-5 months of age. The results were that those babies who were weaned at approximately 4 months of age had a reduced risk of developing eczema at nearly 42%. Children weaned at 5 months had a reduced risk of just under 40%. A mix of breastfeeding along with milk formulas and solid food also produced better results than sole breastfeeding.
The study concluded that early weaning is beneficial and advisable overall for mothers and their infants. Keep in mind this is just one study. We will watch for more studies on this topic.