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Breast Feeding can Help Prevent Epilepsy

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Breast Feeding can Help Prevent Epilepsy
Immediate breast feeding to newly born babies, especially those born with low weight, is vital in preventing childhood epilepsy and other forms of brain diseases, a recent study has said.When new born babies are not fed within few hours of birth due to various reasons, they are exposed to low blood glucose which leads to convulsions on the second or third day. “It was observed that after the babies were discharged, they developed epilepsy in the first few years which was often resistant to treatment and also had other major issues like mental retardation, autism, learning problems and visual impairment,” said Vrajesh Udani, Head, Child Development department of P D Hinduja hospital. The study, published in the journal ‘Indian Paediatrics’, which was carried out to ascertain the cause of epilepsy in 100 children, found low blood glucose condition in the brain due to non-availability of mothers‘ milk in the first few hours, he said.The babies developed symptoms like irritability, lethargy and even convulsions on the second or third day, said Udani and his colleagues P Munotam M Ursekar and S Gupta.

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Source: Times of India

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