oa South African Family Practice - Healthy digestion in infants : review article



Extracted from text ... Introduction Digestion is the process by which large ingested molecules are mechanically and chemically broken down to produce smaller forms that can be absorbed more easily across the wall of the gastrointestinal tract.1 In infants there is no mechanical breakdown, therefore, the molecules that are being digested need to be in a form that can be easily broken down chemically to allow for easy digestion and decrease abdominal cramps and undigested residue in the colon leading to symptoms associated with colic. Breast milk formulation Breast milk is unquestionably the food of choice for the infant. Its composition is designed to ..


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