Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Changing the Behavior of Parents with Bottle Feeding Baby, as a Preventative Measure against Ear and Respiratory Tract Infections

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Changing the Behavior of Parents with Bottle Feeding Baby, as a Preventative Measure against Ear and Respiratory Tract Infections

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Eating patterns in babies affects their health and behavior, At the 1970's Le Magne and Bower claimed that bottle feeding babies influences weight gain, health and the baby's ability to control his eating and his needs. They claimed that bottle feeding related to many parameters: ergonomic; environmental; and behavioral such as the position of feeding the baby. The position used by parents to hold the baby while feeding has been proven as a connection to ear infections and lung infections in sick babies (with enlarged tonsils and adenoids). Although these studies are amongst the most prominent in the field providing a wealth of information about the connection between the feeding position to ear and respiratory tract infections in babies, the studies did not differentiate between different feeding positions, and in particular, when the baby's head is held straight up. In addition, a physiological process has been found that explains the connection between feeding position and infections. Therefore, the aim of this current study is to check the implementation and effectiveness of an intervention clinical trial that teaches the recommended position for bottle feeding babies. This, in order to then be able to recommend the program as a preventative measure against ear and respiratory tract infections in babies. Additionally, the study explains the various holding positions parents use for bottle-feeding, and presents the factors influencing the choice of position. The study is being carried out as a study of a comparative clinical trial, which includes the 'intervention group' and a control group. …

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