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Title: Supplementation of fish-oil and soy-oil during pregnancy and psychomotor development of infants
Authors: Tofail, Fahmida
Kabir, Iqbal
Hamadani, Jena D.
Chowdhury, Fahima
Yesmin, Sakila
Mehreen, Fardina
Huda, Syed N.
Keywords: Fish-oil
Soy-oil
Psychomotor development
Infant development
Child development
Infants
Child
Bangladesh
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Citation: J Health Popul Nutr 2006 Mar;24(1):48-56
Abstract: Supplementation of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in infancy improves neuro-developmental outcomes, but there is limited information about the impact of supplementing pregnant mothers with DHA on the development of their infants. In a follow-up of a randomized, double-blind controlled trial with 400 pregnant mothers, the effects of supplementation of fish-oil or soy-oil (4 g/day) during the last trimester of pregnancy on psychomotor development and behaviour of infants at 10 months of age (n=249) were assessed. The quality of psychosocial stimulation at home (HOME) and nutritional status of the subjects were also measured. There were no significant differences in the fish-oil group and soy-oil group in any of the developmental (mean±SD mental development index: 102.5±8.0 vs 101.5±7.8, psychomotor development index: 101.7±10.0 vs 100.5±10.1) or behavioural outcomes. It may, therefore, be concluded that supplementation of fish-oil during the last trimester of pregnancy does not have any added benefit over supplementation of soy-oil on the development or behaviour of infants in this population
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/156
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