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November 1917

THE RELATION OF THE REACTION OF THE URINE TO THE DIET IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

BOGOTA, COLUMBIA, S. A.
From the Children's Medical Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Infants' Hospital, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1917;14(5):365-378. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1917.01910110046004
Abstract

In the treatment of diseases of children there are many indications for changing the reaction of the urine. To bring about this change is often a matter of great difficulty. I believe the majority of failures are due to a lack of a proper dietary regulation, without which drugs may prove of no avail, much to the surprise of the physician.

INDICATIONS FOR CHANGING THE REACTION CF THE URINE 

  1. The principal indication for changing the reaction of the urine in children is pyelitis, the treatments for which are nearly all founded on these changes. The principles of such treatments are:

    • Render the urine alkaline, because it is less irritant to the inflamed mucous membranes and helps to dissolve the mucous and pus.

    • The use of hexamethylenamin, which is considered one of the best antiseptics for the urinary tract. But hexamethylenamin acts only by splitting into ammonia and

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