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October 1914

PERSISTENT VOMITING ASSOCIATED WITH "RUMINATION" IN AN INFANT OF FIVE MONTHS

Author Affiliations

Assistant Attending Physician to the Babies' Hospital NEW YORK

Am J Dis Child. 1914;VIII(4):310-313. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1914.04300010318008

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Abstract

A "vomiting baby" presents as many baffling problems as any condition in infancy. It is too often assumed that vomiting is a natural process and that it is only necessary to bide one's time and the baby will outgrow it. As a result of this attitude of mind, efforts at determining a cause of the vomiting are relaxed, matters are allowed to drift along, and medicines are given to satisfy one's conscience and to appease the family.

The most common causes of vomiting in infancy are connected with improper food and incorrect methods of feeding. A careful adaptation of the food to the child's tolerance or a proper regulation of the intervals of feeding and the amount of food in twenty-four hours will as a rule meet the indications in such cases. The question may reasonably be asked: How may "such cases" be determined? The obvious answer is: By a

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