Journal article

Exclusive breast feeding in early infancy reduces the risk of inpatient admission for diarrhea and suspected pneumonia in rural Vietnam: a prospective cohort study

Sarah Hanieh, Tran T Ha, Julie A Simpson, Tran T Thuy, Nguyen C Khuong, Dang D Thoang, Thach D Tran, Tran Tuan, Jane Fisher, Beverley-Ann Biggs

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory infections and diarrhea remain the leading causes of infant morbidity and mortality, with a high burden of both pneumonia and diarrhea in South-East Asia. The aim of the study was to determine antenatal and early infant predictive factors for severe morbidity episodes during the first 6 months of life in Ha Nam province, Vietnam. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of 1049 infants, born to women who had previously participated in a cluster randomized controlled trial of antenatal micronutrient supplementation in rural Vietnam, was undertaken between 28th September 2010 and 8th Jan 2012. Infants were followed until 6 months of age, and the outcome measure was inp..

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