Dr Petronella Mourad-Baars from the Netherlands investigated the seroprevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in young children from the general population.
The team of doctors determined IgG antibodies against H pylori in serum using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique.
|Overall seroprevalence of H pylori infection was 1%|
|European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology|
The doctors evaluated 1258 children who were 2 to 4 years of age.
The serum was obtained from a serum bank of 6127 children who attended the community child healthcare centers in a Dutch province.
The doctors found a seroprevalence of 1% of H pylori infection.
The team observed a significant difference between the children with parents who were both Dutch, and the children with at least 1 non-Dutch parent.
Seroprevalence rates for children with parents who were both Dutch were less than 1%, but rose to 3% in those with at least 1 non-Dutch parent.
Dr Mourad-Baars' team concludes, “The prevalence of H pylori infection in young infants in the general population in The Netherlands is low.”
“Children with at least 1 non-Dutch parent form a risk group for H pylori infection in The Netherlands.”