According to a research conducted at JK Lon Hospital, it has been found the child who suckles mother’s milk is less vulnerable to celiac disease. In Rajasthan, one child out of every 100 suffers from the mentioned ailment.
According to findings from 1,385 children between ages five months and 17 years, JK Lon Hospital’s medical superintendent Dr SD Sharma said it has been found children who feed on mothers’ milk have a strong immunity and resistance to fight against celiac disease.
Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Eating gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine and over time, this reaction produces inflammation that damages the small intestine’s lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients (mal absorption). The intestinal damage causes weight loss, bloating and diarrhoea which eventually deprive brain, nervous system, bones, liver and other organs of the vital nourishment.
Talking to dna, JK Lon Hospital’s MS Dr SD Sharma said, “It has been found mother’s milk can resist celiac disease whose percentage in state is high. It has been found one out of every hundred children suffers from this disease.” Across state, 3.5 lakh patients suffer from this disease and 1,500 patients have been registered till now at JK Lon hospital alone. There’s no cure for celiac disease, but following a strict gluten-free diet can help manage symptoms and promote intestinal healing, he said.
‘Save the Child’ campaign coordinator Hemant Acharya said, “As per studies of super food for babies too, it’s been found early initiation of mother’s milk increases resistance powers of babies, which prevents kids from preventable diseases like diarrhoea, pneumonia, malnutrition.”