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January 27, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(4):273. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640310053031

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To the Editor:  —In one of your valuable series of articles on the care and feeding of infants (The Journal, Jan. 13, 1923, p. 109) the author says "Schick (Ztschr. f. Kinderh.27:57, 1920) has found that he can prevent most of this initial weight loss by the feeding of sugar solutions during these first days, giving as high as 1 ounce (30 gm.) of sucrose during the twenty-four hours."In a short paper (New York M. J., Jan. 9, 1915) I reported briefly the results which I had obtained by giving 200 newborn infants 1½ ounces of a 10 per cent. lactose solution every three hours, and was able to show that the initial weight loss could be reduced one half; that nearly twice as many infants regained their birth weight at the end of ten days, and that the so-called inanition fever could be prevented Further investigation

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