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June 15, 1940

PECTIN-AGAR FOR DIARRHEA IN INFANTS AND THE NEWBORN: A RATIONAL, SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT

JAMA. 1940;114(24):2355-2358. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810240009003
Abstract

Since the earlier reports1 on the use of pectin-agar feedings in diarrhea of infants, continued experience has added much to our knowledge of its use and effectiveness. The treatment is safe and valuable in enteritis of the newborn, and it is also a simple method, adaptable for home use, in treating older infants and children. The mixture is made by cooking a soluble prepared powder in milk or other suitable liquid. The composite action of a high carbohydrate food containing pectin and agar results in an easily digested nutritious food which mechanically produces formed stools, favors normal peristalsis, absorbs and adsorbs bacteria with their toxins, systemically combats ketosis, protein catabolism and dehydration, chemically combines with certain bacterial toxins and catabolic body wastes, and locally promotes healing. A few remarks on rationale, application of simple modes of use and the effectiveness of the treatment follow.

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