Research staff in King’s Lynn with a new formula to help sick babies

Do you know a baby struggling with sickness or colic?  The Research and Development team at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital may be able to help.

Coming off of the back of a record year, the Research and Development team at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, are now investigating into improving the life and welfare of young babies.

The Research Nurses are looking for more volunteers to take part in a clinical trial called CINNAMON. This trial aims to reduce sickness, upset tummy’s, colic and skin irritations by using a newly developed milk formula.

Cow Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) affects some babies under 6 months old when they move away from breast milk due to the increased level of protein in cow’s milk and formula milk.

The new milk formula being trialled can be digested easier by the babies, helping them with their growth and wellbeing.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is looking for babies, under 6 months, who suffer with 2 or more of the following symptoms: crying, regurgitation, liquid stools or constipation, skin atopic lesion, colic or a skin rash.

Research and Development Nurse, Ping Coutts who is running the trial, said: “When babies move to cow’s milk it is a big change to their diet. For babies affected by CMPA, this can result in the baby suffering a great deal of discomfort as well as a great deal of stress for the parents. People aren’t aware that cow’s milk and breast milk are as different as they are so they are unaware of conditions like CMPA.”

Dr Antonia Hardcastle, Senior Research & Development Manager, said: “The participants who are already taking part in the trial have experienced progress and general improvement to the babies wellbeing. We supply the milk, and care as well as developing the parent’s knowledge about what their baby is experiencing. Research has shown that CMPA runs in the family therefore the trial could benefit generations to come, with the growth in knowledge and development in the milk formula.”

If you would like further information please contact, Ping Coutts on 01553 214569 or email research&development@qehkl.nhs.uk.

 

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 Pictured left to right: Ping Coutts, Antonia Hardcastle

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