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November 1911

A STUDY OF THE CALORIC NEEDS OF PREMATURE INFANTS

Author Affiliations

Instructor in Pediatrics Northwestern University Medical School CHICAGO

Am J Dis Child. 1911;II(5):302-314. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1911.04100110011002
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is not to go into the details of the care and treatment of premature infants. It is rather to give such practical points and conclusions as have been arrived at after a study of the histories and development of the present series of seventeen cases, which have been selected, not because of their being ideal cases, but because they presented the different phases illustrated by proper under- and overfeeding as estimated by the caloric standard for nutritional needs as suggested by Budin, L. F. Meyer and others. The infants under discussion were fed rather according to the scale, with more especial attention to the temperature, stools, abdominal distention, cyanosis and general symptomatology, and only later their records were reviewed to ascertain the caloric intake. All except Infants 1 and 2 left the hospital in good health at the end of the period tabulated.

The infants

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