|Study:breast feeding wards off bed-wetting
[ 2006-07-07 08:41 ]
A woman breastfeeds her baby in Bordeaux, southwest
France April 27, 2006.
Children breast-fed as infants are less
likely to wet the bed later on, researchers
reported on Wednesday, probably because they have a developmental edge.
There is strong evidence that in many cases bed-wetting can "result
from delayed neurodevelopment," said the report from the Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
"There is biological plausibility in inferring that breast-feeding
protects against bed-wetting and our results show a strong statistical
association" although not enough to prove a direct cause-effect.
Breast-feeding is beneficial because of the role that certain fatty
acids passed onto the infant play in brain development, said the study
published in the July issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
The study was based on 55 children who were bed-wetters at ages 5 to 13
and 117 in the same age range who were not. Of the bed-wetters, 45 percent
had been breast-fed, compared to 81 percent of those who were continent at
wet the bed : 尿床（bed-wetting