When should we use partially hydrolysed formulae for frequent gastrointestinal symptoms and allergy prevention?
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Experts reviewed the literature to determine whether partially whey hydrolysed formulas (HF) offer benefits in the dietary management of frequent gastrointestinal symptoms and allergy prevention. Compared with standard cow’s milk-based formulas, partially whey HF confer a limited protective effect against allergic disease in high-risk infants, particularly atopic dermatitis, but not respiratory allergies. No randomised clinical trials have been published on partially whey HF in infants with colicky symptoms. The group did not find sufficient evidence to support the use of partially whey HF in regurgitation, although recent data suggest that a thickened partially whey HF may be more effective. Partially whey HF, fortified with prebiotics and/or probiotics, with high levels of sn-2 palmitate in the fat blend or without palm oil, provide some benefit in functional constipation. Conclusion: Overall, partially whey HF may offer a useful alternative to intact protein in the dietary management of common functional gastrointestinal symptoms.
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