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Earlier introduction of solid food is associated with improved sleep in infants
  1. Rebecca Amy Dalrymple
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca Amy Dalrymple, Acorn Community Child Health Centre, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria G83 0UA, UK; rebecca.dicks{at}doctors.org.uk

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Study question

Study design: Secondary analysis of data from the Enquiring about Tolerance (EAT) trial. A non-blinded, randomised controlled trial. The primary outcome of the EAT trial was the prevalence of challenge proven food allergy to one of the 6 allergic foods.1

Setting: Healthy, term babies who were initially exclusively breast fed were recruited from the general population in England or Wales by advertising.

Patients: 1303 infants were randomised.

Intervention: The early introduction group (EIG) were first given food from 3 months of age. The standard introduction group continued exclusive breast feeding until 6 months of age, with introduction of food after this.

Patient follow-up: Families completed the Brief Infant Sleep Questionnaire on 15 occasions between enrolment and 3 years of age. They completed a maternal quality of life tool three times during the study period.

Outcomes: Sleep outcomes were a secondary outcome of the EAT trial. The time spent …

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