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Soy formula and allergies

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Babies fed soy formula do not have a lower incidence of allergies compared to those fed cow's milk formula, according to an Oct. 18 review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. "Feeding with a soy formula cannot be recommended for prevention of allergy or food intolerance in infants at high risk of allergy or food intolerance," DA Osborn and J Sinn conclude. The authors state further research is necessary. The review examines randomized and quasi-randomized trials that compare soy formula to cow's milk. Three eligible studies enrolling 728 high risk infants with a history of allergy in the first degree relative were included. Meta-analysis found no significant difference in childhood allergy incidence (typical RR 0.73, 95% CI 0.37, 1.44), according to the review...
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