The proper nourishment of feeble infants is a problem that taxes the resources of the most skillful pediatrist. Digestion and assimilation may be poor either by inheritance or from faulty feeding, and when, from any cause, the general vitality of the infant is lowered, the digestive tract is usually the first to suffer and the last to recover tone. Whether the infant becomes feeble from errors in diet and hygiene, from illness or from poor inheritance, improved diet and hygiene form the only successful treatment. Drugs are of little or no avail. If these patients are not relieved, sooner or later some form of atrophy or marasmus will result—a condition in which a chronic digestive weakness is the principal evidence of the depressing symptom-complex. The large general death-rate of early infancy can be checked only by the most careful attention to the diet and care of this class of feeble
CHAPIN HD. THE NUTRITION OF THE FEEBLE INFANT. JAMA. 1910;55(17):1455–1459. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330170035012
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