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December 1948

ENTERAL TREATMENT OF DIARRHEA IN INFANCY, INCLUDING EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA OF THE NEWBORN

Author Affiliations

LYNN, MASS.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(6):616-625. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030631002
Abstract

THE ENTERAL treatment of diarrhea in infancy has much to recommend it. It is simple; it can supply adequate caloric, mineral and protein intake. Moreover, it does not usually require hospitalization, with the attendant risks of cross infection. The addition of apple powder renders the time-honored minimal diet unnecessary.

EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA OF THE NEWBORN  The epidemic diarrheas of the newborn form an important group in this field. A good working definition of this syndrome was in a bulletin issued in 1943 by the California State Department of Health.1 This bulletin defined epidemic diarrhea of the newborn as follows:Diarrhea shall be considered to exist when an infant has four or more loose stools in 24 hours, except in the case of entirely breast fed infants who show no other signs of illness and who are gaining weight....The condition is characterized by a short prodromal period of

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