A review of the literature reveals no complete study of the blood lipids of new-born babies. Isolated analyses for individual lipids, usually cholesterol or lipid phosphorus or occasionally both, during the neonatal period have been reported frequently and the results compared with values for older children, normal adults and pregnant women. The methods employed in these isolated measurements have been criticized by several authors, most recently by Boyd,1 Kirk, Page and Van Slyke2 and Sperry.3 This study was undertaken to establish a range of values for the total lipids and for each of the lipid components of the blood plasma of normal infants during the neonatal period, using methods which obviated most of the criticisms of the older procedures.
The twenty-five normal full term infants used in this study were born in the lying-in pavilion of the New York Hospital of mothers who had had uncomplicated
SENN MJE, McNAMARA H. THE LIPIDS OF THE BLOOD PLASMA IN THE NEONATAL PERIOD. Am J Dis Child. 1937;53(2):445-454. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.04140090018002