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October 1931

GROWTH IN HEIGHT AND WEIGHT, AND RETENTION OF NITROGEN, CALCIUM AND PHOSPHORUS DURING RECOVERY FROM SEVERE MALNUTRITION

Author Affiliations

IOWA CITY
From the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, State University of Iowa.

Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(4_PART_I):774-780. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940160042005
Abstract

If ever a child exerts his maximum capacity for growth, it is during a rapid recovery from severe malnutrition. The increased appetite and rapid increase in weight of such children are well known. This report concerns the growth in height and weight and the retention of nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus of a 3½ year old boy during a rapid recovery from chronic diarrhea and malnutrition which had existed since the age of 2 months.

REPORT OF CASE  History.—R. W., a white boy, aged 3½ years, suffered from chronic infection of the upper respiratory tract and chronic diarrhea. The child had been born at full term, and weighed 8 pounds (3.6 Kg.) at birth. He had been bottle fed during infancy. At the age of 2 months, he suffered from severe diarrhea, which became chronic. At 6 months, he weighed 8½ pounds (3.9 Kg.). At this time an intolerance toward

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