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Early introduction of fish decreases the risk of eczema in infants
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  • Published on:
    Reasons supporting that a protective effect of early fish introduction is real
    • Bernt Alm, MD PhD
    • Other Contributors:
      • Nils Åberg MD PhD, Laslo Erdes MD, Per Möllborg MD, Rolf Pettersson MD, Gunnar Norvenius MD PhD, Emma Goksör MD, and Göran Wennergren MD PhD


    We understand the concerns of doctors Lin and Fu about reverse causation regarding the protective effect of fish on eczema at one year of age. We cannot, of course, be sure that reverse causation does not contribute to our results, but there are reasons that speak in favour of a real effect.

    Firstly, we found no correlation between time of onset of the eczema and age at introduction of fish....

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    None declared.
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    The effect of introducing fish may be confounded by eczema before the age of 6 months
    • Ming-Chih Lin, Department of Pediatrics, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yun-Ching Fu

    Alm et al. reported an interesting article stating that introducing fish before 9 months of age having beneficial effect on eczema in infancy.

    However, as we know, atopic dermatitis usually develops in the first several months after birth.(1) Parents might delay the introduction of fish when they saw their babies suffering from eczema. Thus, those infants with eczema might receive fish later in comparison with h...

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