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Feeding cow’s milk to toddlers below 1 year is harmful to them, says Experts

Feeding Cow's milk to toddlers below one year can lead to allergic diseases

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Feeding cow's milk to toddlers below 1 year is harmful
Feeding cow's milk to toddlers below 1 year is harmful. Pixabay
  • Though cow’s milk is associated with our culture for ages, it should not be given to toddlers below one year
  • Cow’s Milk may put a strain on the infant’s immature kidney and is also difficult to digest
  • Only 40 % of children were introduced timely complementary foods, while only 10 % children between six to 23 months received adequate diets

New Delhi, September 10, 2017: Feeding cow’s milk to toddlers below the age of one year is a growing factor behind allergic diseases, including in the respiratory and digestive system, as they cannot tolerate the protein in the milk, experts said on Sunday.

Stating that infants who do not get breast milk need an alternate form of nutrition to maintain their health, the child experts said if cow’s milk is fed at such an initial age then the low concentration of iron and its consumption during infancy is linked to anemia.

“Though cow’s milk is associated with our culture for ages, it should not be given to toddlers below one year… It may put a strain on the infant’s immature kidney and is also difficult to digest,” said Nandan Joshi, Health and Nutrition Science, Danone India.

While older infants can be fed with household complimentary food, younger ones need special hydrolyzed and amino acid-based formula which does not produce allergy.

As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), only 40 per cent of children were introduced timely complementary foods, while only 10 per cent children between six to 23 months received adequate diets.

The infants are given cow milk in India as awareness is low among the people, especially in rural areas.

As per the Rapid Survey on Children (RSOC), 42 per cent of nonbreastfed infants below one year received cow’s milk or any other milk.

“Allergic diseases are on the rise worldwide. The incidents are more in developed countries though it is on the rise in India as well. Milk allergy is the most common allergy in children,” said Lalit Bharadia, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Jaipur’s Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital.

“Around 3 per cent of children can’t tolerate milk protein in animal milk. Milk allergic infants, who do not get breast milk, need an alternate form of nutrition to maintain their health.”

Durlabhji said that while older infants can be fed with household complimentary food, younger ones need special hydrolyzed and amino acid-based formula which does not produce allergy.

“Such products are easily available in India.”

Allergy is a result of one or more cow’s milk proteins triggering an adverse reaction by our body’s immune system.

The symptoms vary and may affect several organ systems such as skin, digestive or the respiratory tract, possibly resulting in skin rash, eczema, vomiting, diarrhoea, colic, wheezing or excessive crying.

In a study conducted at a tertiary care hospital in India, three out of 10 children with chronic diarrhoea were estimated to be suffering from cow’s milk allergy. Globally, the prevalence rate of cow’s milk allergy is approximately 3 to 5 per cent. (IANS)

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5 Herbs For a Healthy Digestive System

While these ingredients can be used individually or in combination for better management of digestive problems, it is always advisable to consult your doctor for appropriate dosage before taking them

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5 herbs for a healthy digestive system. Pixabay

Today’s lifestyle has several unhealthy facets such as lack of physical activity, poor sleep habits and consumption of unhealthy foods, including fast, processed and junk food.

Hectic work schedules have increased stress levels (which, in turn, has led to disturbed sleep), unhealthy dietary habits such as eating either too much or too less, and, more often than not, not spending enough time to eat well. Smoking and alcoholism are other aspects that have led to health issues.

The negative outcome of this stress-filled lifestyle is visible in the form of ill health, the most common being poor digestive health. This is worsened by the decreasing ability of the digestive system to function efficiently with age and handle digestive problems such as indigestion, bloating, flatulence and gastritis.

According to Dr Rajesh Kumawat, Head – Medical Services and Clinical Development, The Himalaya Drug Company, digestive problems should not be ignored as they can cause irreversible complications in the long run. Several medicinal herbs and natural ingredients, some of which are well known and a part of Indian cuisine, can help in managing digestive problems the natural way.

Ginger: A common flavouring agent in the Indian kitchen, ginger has a pungent smell and a warming effect when consumed. It is a home remedy for indigestion, and stimulates gastric acids and digestive enzymes that improve digestion. Ginger also helps in expelling gas from the digestive system.

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Ginger is great for your health and body, ginger offers a cure for most ailments. Pixabay

Black Pepper: A seasoning as well as flavouring agent, black pepper is a common spice. It contains a compound called Piperine that improves the absorption of nutrients. Black pepper improves the secretion of bile acids and thus the breakdown of foods. It also expels gas from the digestive system and hence is useful in curing flatulence, belching, etc.

Triphala: An effective Ayurvedic blend of fruits of three herbs — amla (gooseberry), haritaki (chebulic myrobalan), bibhitaki (Belleric myrobalan), triphala is known for its health benefits. It prevents the accumulation of gas in the digestive system, improves the contractile movement of muscles of the digestive system and helps in the movement of food. Triphala also helps in curing indigestion.

Fennel Seeds: Commonly used as a mouth freshener, fennel seeds have several digestive system-friendly medicinal properties. It has an antispasmodic action that helps in relaxing the contracted intestinal muscles. Fennel seeds also help in expelling gas from the digestive system.

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Shankha Bhasma: An Ayurvedic preparation made from conch shell, shankha bhasma improves appetite and digestion, and also provides relief from digestive problems like gastritis and duodenitis.

While these ingredients can be used individually or in combination for better management of digestive problems, it is always advisable to consult your doctor for appropriate dosage before taking them. (IANS)