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Indian Pediatrics. 2015 Apr; 52(4):293-5.Add to my documents.
Lancet. 2011 Aug 27; 378(9793):768.Add to my documents.
Valiadation of a new clinical case definition for paediatric HIV infection, Bloemfontein, South Africa [letter]
Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 2005 Dec; 51(6):387.In 2003 a study was published, evaluating the WHO clinical case definition for paediatric HIV infection in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It was found that the WHO case definition could only detect 14.5 per cent of children who were in fact symptomatic and HIV positive on age-appropriate serology testing. Following logistic regression analysis, a new case definition was proposed, namely that HIV is suspected in a child who has at least two of the following four signs: marasmus, hepatosplenomegaly, oropharyngeal candidiasis, and generalized lymphadenopathy. This new case definition had a sensitivity of 63.2 per cent and a specificity of 96.0 per cent. (excerpt)
AFRICA HEALTH. 1998 May; 20(4):2.I would like to comment on the article on breast feeding in emergency situations (AH Sept '97). The first sentence, "Breast feeding is widely recognized as the optimal feeding option for an infant up to the age of 6 months," might give the impression--albeit unintentionally--that breast feeding is only important during this period. It is generally recommended that breast feeding should continue, accompanied by suitable complementary foods, until around 2 years. I think it is now established that effective suckling by the baby is as crucial for successful breast feeding as the mother's let-down reflex. Proper positioning of the infant on the breast may be as important as helping the mother feel confident about breast feeding. WHO has not ignored this issue. It has produced a review version of the document "Guiding principles for feeding infants and young children during emergencies" (doc NIT.97.3), which promotes breast feeding for all children under 2 years. (full text)
Mothers and Children. 1985 Nov-Dec; 5(1):5, 7.Currently standards from industrialized countries are used to assess the growth patterns of breastfed infants in developing countries. Infant growth faltering is interpreted as an indicator of insufficient lactational capacity on the mother's part. 2 recent articles suggest the need for a critical reappraisal of current growth standards and their use for evaluating the adequacy of infant feeding practices. The most commonly used standards to evaluate infant growth are derived from the US National Center for Health Statistics based on anthropometric data collected in the US population 3-month intervals up to the age of 3. During this period, infant feeding practices varied greatly. Many babies were bottle-fed and given supplemental feedings early in life. No large sample of exclusively breastfed infants has been studied from birth on, and thus a standard for breastfed infants is not available. A study of fully breastfed infants was done in England and suggests that there are differences in growth rates. Among a population of 48 exclusively breastfed boys and girls, for the 1st 3 to 4 months of life, growth of breastfed infants was greater than National Center for Health Statistics Standards, while after 4 months growth velocity decelerated more quickly than the standard. The growth of infants studied in Kenya, New Guinea and the Gambia appears to falter at 2-3 months of age using the NCHS standard. Findings suggest that current FAO/WHO recommended energy intakes may be excessive. Recent studies in the US support this assertion. The adequacy of the milk production for the infants in this US study done in Texas was illustrated by their growth rates. Length for age percentiles were higher than the NCHS standards throughout the study though at birth they did not differ significantly. 1 reason these breastfed infants were able to maintain growth despite less than recommended energy intakes is that the ratio of weight gain/100 calories of milk consumed was 10-30% higher among the breastfed infants compared to formula fed infants, suggesting a more efficient use of breastmilk than formula. There is a need for studies of exclusively breastfed infants with larger samples to determine what growth pattern should be considered the norm.