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Dairy Recommendations for Ill Pediatric Patients

Published:September 23, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2013.08.008
      PATIENTS REGULARLY BELIEVE and follow medical advice that is not founded on evidence-based practice. An example of this is the belief that one should avoid drinking dairy products when he or she has a respiratory illness such as a cold. People claim dairy products cause excess mucus production and airway inflammation. In a recent survey conducted by
      • Lee C.
      • Dozor A.J.
      Do you believe milk makes mucus?.
      in a pediatric pulmonology office, more than half of the parents believed that drinking milk increases mucus. Products containing dairy such as milk, cheese, and yogurt have important nutrients for children's growth and development such as protein, calcium, fatty acids, and various vitamins. Avoiding intake can lead to nutritional deficiencies (
      • Wurtrich B.
      • Schmid A.
      • Walther B.
      • Sieber R.
      Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production or occurrence of asthma.
      ). The clinical question is should patients with respiratory illnesses avoid dairy products?
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