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August 16, 1902

Sugar a Cause of Indigestion in Infants.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(7):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480330040017

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Rolla, N. D., Aug. 8, 1902.

To the Editor:  —It is a surprise to me that in all the articles on infant feeding and prevention of gastrointestinal troubles in infants, that I have been able to find, no one calls attention to one of the most prevalent and most pernicious causes, namely, the early and persistent feeding of sugar, which somehow or other mothers, midwives or some old woman manage to keep up often in spite of the specific orders of the attending physician, and even when a trained nurse is in attendance. In a fairly extensive practice of ten years I have always been able to trace such troubles in infants not suffering from organic disease to this most unfortunate habit, and to cure by a simple but efficient laxative and the exclusion of sugar. I have found scores of cases where it had been given after orders to

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