Are too many young children drinking specialized formula?

baby formula
Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain

New research published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy reveals that prescriptions of specialized infant formula have increased in recent years in England, Norway, and Australia, with rates over 10-fold what would be expected for the number of children with milk allergies.

Prescribed amounts of specialized formula for infants rose 2.8-fold in England from 2007–2018, with similar trends in other regions of the United Kingdom. Amounts rose 2.2-fold in Norway from 2009–2020 and 3.2-fold in Australia from 2001–2012.

The findings are concerning because specialized formula contains higher levels of sugar, which may promote and obesity in young children

"These data suggest high levels of milk allergy over-diagnosis and mark an important shift in early child nutrition," the authors wrote.

Explore further

ER docs to parents: Please don't dilute infant formula

More information: Shriya Mehta et al, Trends in use of specialised formula for managing cow's milk allergy in young children, Clinical & Experimental Allergy (2022). DOI: 10.1111/cea.14180
Journal information: Clinical & Experimental Allergy

Provided by Wiley
Citation: Are too many young children drinking specialized formula? (2022, July 7) retrieved 25 September 2022 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors