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Title: Supplementation of fish-oil and soy-oil during pregnancy and psychomotor development of infants
Authors: Tofail, F
Kabir, I
Hamadani, J
Chowdhury, F
Yesmin, S
Mehreen, F
Huda, SN
Keywords: fish-oil
psychomotor development
infant development
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Series/Report no.: J Health Popul Nutr
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/123456789/56
ISSN: 1606-0997
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