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Exploring the Advantages of a Hydrolyzed Rice Formula in the Dietary Management of Infants with Cow's Milk Allergy in the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan Region

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Cow's milk allergy (CMA) is the most common food allergy in early childhood, and its prevalence continues to rise. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for infants in the first 6 months of life, but this recommendation is poorly adhered to in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan (MENAP) region. If the infant is affected by CMA, current guidelines recommend extensively hydrolyzed formulas (eHFs) or amino acid-based formulas (AAFs) in the case of severe symptoms, and hydrolyzed rice formulas (HRFs) where available. In recent years, HRFs have been proposed as a plant-based alternative to cow's milk protein-based eHFs, and updates to current guidelines have been recommended. In 2014, a consensus statement and guidelines were published for the Middle East region on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of CMA. As new advances have been made in the extensively hydrolyzed hypoallergenic infant formula space, along with updated scientific evidence, a workshop of experts from the MENAP region focused on HRF was convened in 2021. This publication summarizes the insights from this meeting. During the consensus part of the meeting, a new approach was discussed and approved by all participants, and agreement was reached that HRF can be recommended as a first-line alternative to cow's milk-based eHF in the dietary management of CMA.

Journal: Nutrients
ISSN: 2072-6643
Issue: 10
Volume: 13
Publication year:2021
Keywords:Middle East, cow’s milk allergy, hydrolyzed protein, infant allergy, infant feeding, rice
BOF-publication weight:3
Authors from:Higher Education